John Franklin 'Jack' Wiley
Date of Birth: April 18, 1920, in Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: March 25, 2013, in Rock Hill, South Carolina (92 years old)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Published 03/28/13
Did you know?
He was known as "Smiling Jack Wiley"
He graduated from Richhill Township High School.
Jack Wiley served as a captain in the Army during World War II.
Jack Wiley's brother, Bob Wiley also played football at Waynesburg. Bob was
killed in action during the fighting at St. Lo in Europe in August 1944. He was
awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously.
When Jack was asked about his off season work, he explained that he works on his
fathers farm. "I get up at 6AM every morning and work right through to five o'clock or
until dark, depending on what's to be done. And that's a six-day schedule."
"Being here at Steeler camp is just like going on a vacation. We don't have to get up
After the 1949 season, Jack decided to retire from football. As the 1950 season approached,
he called Coach John Michelosen and said, "I'd like to play and if you think I can help in any
way, I certainly will give my best." Coach Michelosen was happy to hear that news and Jack
played one more season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1946 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
1947 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
1948 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
1949 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
1950 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
1951 Waynesburg University - Head Coach
1952 Waynesburg University - Head Coach
1953 Waynesburg University - Head Coach
1954 Waynesburg University - Head Coach