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On This Day In History | 1946

December 16, 2015
Football 1938

The ’38 Stony Brook football squad (Medd – #19)

On this day 69 years ago, Jack Medd ’40 was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 89th pick in the 1947 NFL Draft.

After a successful athletic career at Stony Brook with the football, basketball, and tennis squads, Medd attended Wesleyan University where he carved out a memorable career as a center and defensive player on the football team. Medd’s time at Wesleyan was interrupted by the War and he enlisted in the Navy, eventually becoming a junior officer on a submarine. After the War he returned to Wesleyan for his senior year. He was elected captain and was the leader of the 1946 squad that went 7-0 and was inducted into the Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1947 he was selected as part of a college All-Star team that played the New York Giants in an exhibition game. In 1965, Medd was selected as a member of Wesleyan Football’s historical All-Star Team.

In the 1947 NFL Draft, Medd was selected as the 89th pick out of the 300 selected. Though he would choose family life over professional football and never play a down for the Steelers, he remains the only Brooker ever drafted into professional football.

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Brookers Drafted into Professional Sports

  • Jack Medd ’40 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Football)
  • Paul Ciofrone ’96 – New York Mets (Baseball)
  • Liam Banks ’98 – Bridgeport Barrage (Lacrosse)
  • Nate Kenney ’01 – Denver Outlaws (Lacrosse)
  • Nick Miaritis ’01 – Philadelphia Barrage (Lacrosse)

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