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Andy Farkas

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Andrew Geza Farkas May 2, 1916 – April 10, 2001 was an American football fullback in the National Football League NFL for the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Farkas was born in Clay Center, Ohio of Hungarian origins, and attended St John's High School in Toledo for two years before moving to Detroit, Michigan and graduating from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School

College career

Farkas played college football at the University of Detroit Mercy

Professional career

Farkas was drafted in the first round of the 1938 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he played from 1938 to 1944, and finished his career with the Detroit Lions in 1945 He also led the Redskins in rushing and scoring in 1938-39 and 1942–43, as well as helped lead the Redskins to an NFL Championship in 1942 He led the NFL in scoring in 1939

One of the highlights of his seven-year tour was catching a 99-yard touchdown pass from Frank Filchock on October 15, 1939 He was elected to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the Ohio Sports Hall of Fame and founded the Gus Dorais Foundation at the University of Detroit in 1955 In 2002, Farkas was named one of the 70 greatest Redskins in team history

Farkas was pictured wearing eye black as far back as 1942 and is credited as the first player in the NFL to wear it


  1. ^ "The Evolution of Eye Black " ESPN" ESPNcom 2006-11-21 Archived from the original on October 3, 2008 Retrieved 2010-01-17 
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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NFLcom  Pro-Football-Reference
  • Andy Farkas at Find a Grave

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