Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dick "Little Mo" Modzelewski

Dick "Little Mo" Modzelewski


  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Maryland
  • High School: Brackenridge, PA (Har-Brack Union HS)
  • Years: 1950-1952
  • Inducted: 1993
  • Place of Birth: West Natrona, PA
  • Date of Birth: Feb 16, 1931
  • Jersey Number: 63
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 235

Member Biography

Dick Modzelewski was born February 16, 1931, in West Natrona, Pennsylvania and was one of three brothers who played football at the University of Maryland. The first was Ed, a fullback who made All-America in 1951. Since he was first, he was called "Big Mo." Dick came a year later, a 6-0, 235-pound tackle. Since he followed his older brother, he was called �Little Mo.� The next Modzelewski, who was third and last, was called �No Mo.� In Dick Modzelewski�s three varsity years, Maryland�s record was 24-4-1. The team had a 22-game unbeaten streak. In 1951 Maryland was ranked third in the nation and knocked off the top ranked team, Tennessee, in the Sugar Bowl, 28-13. (In those days, bowl games did not count in final rankings.) In 1952 Dick was a consensus All-America at tackle, won the Outland Trophy as the nation�s best interior lineman, and was named Lineman of the Year by the Washington Touchdown Club. He had a 14- year career as a tackle with the Redskins, Steelers, Giants, and Browns 1953-1966. He was in eight league championship games and on two championship teams (Giants 1956, Browns 1964). He was assistant coach of the Browns 1968-1977, Giants 1978, and Cincinnati Bengals 1979-1983.