Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Chet "The Gentle Giant" Gladchuk

Chet "The Gentle Giant" Gladchuk


  • Position: Center
  • School: Boston College
  • High School: Bridgeport, CT (Warren Harding HS)
  • Years: 1938-1940
  • Inducted: 1975
  • Place of Birth: Bridgeport, CT
  • Date of Birth: Apr 04, 1917
  • Place of Death: Northampton, MA
  • Date of Death: Sep 04, 1967
  • Jersey Number: 10
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 224

Member Biography

Chet Gladchuk was one of five Hall of Fame players to play for Boston College in 1940. The 6-4, 242-pound center came to Boston College as a four-sport star from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Gladchuk continued as a multi-sport star at Boston College as he also played center for BC's basketball team. As a sophomore he played for Hall of Fame coach Gil Dobie on a 6-1-2 team. The following season, Gladchuk became associated with yet another Hall of Famer as Frank Leahy became the head coach. Boston College posted a 9-1 regular season mark and played Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. Despite losing 6-3, Gladchuk was part of a Boston College defense that forced Clemson to punt 11 times, a Cotton Bowl record. The 11-0, 1940 squad was unquestionably Boston College's all-time best team. Boston College finished with a 19-13 Sugar Bowl victory over Tennessee. That year, the Associated Press selected Chet as a first-team All-America. Gladchuk played for the New York Giants in 1941 and 1946-47. He was an officer in the Navy from January, 1942, to May, 1946. He was head coach of Bridgeport University in 1948 and the Montreal Alouettes in 1949. Gladchuk was assistant director of athletics at the University of Massachusetts, beginning in 1952. He died in 1967.