Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

George Savitsky

George Savitsky

Details

  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Pennsylvania
  • High School: Camden, NJ (Central HS)
  • Years: 1944-1947
  • Inducted: 1991
  • Place of Birth: New York, N.Y.
  • Date of Birth: Jul 30, 1924
  • Place of Death: Somers Point, N.J.
  • Date of Death: Sep 04, 2012
  • Jersey Number: 5
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 244

Member Biography

George Savitsky was only a freshman tackle at Pennsylvania when he made the All-America team of Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) in 1944. He was a consensus choice, making six All-America teams in 1945. The next two years he was on the team named by the Football Writers Association. This made him a four-time All-America, the first since 1901. He played in the Shrine East-West Game as a freshman, sophomore and senior. He is the only player ever chosen for the game three times, and he was named to the all-time Shrine team. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and, as Dr. Savitsky, practiced oral surgery in Ocean City, New Jersey, until he retired in 1990. But there is more to the Savitsky story. He spent two years in the Marines before he went to college, and he played one year with the Philadelphia Eagles while attending medical school. His college record shows more highlights. He was captain of the Pennsylvania team for the game with Michigan in 1944 - while only a freshman. In addition to football, he was a shot putter on the track team, a member of the varsity wrestling team, manager of the basketball team. He played the bass violin in the student orchestra and acted in three plays.