John Walter Siegal
Date of Birth: May 15, 1918, in Larksville, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: May 25, 2015, in Harvey's Lake, Pennsylvania (97 years old)
The Times Leader - Published 05/25/15
After his football career, he became a dentist.
Did you know?
In 2013, John Siegal became the oldest living Chicago Bears former player and
is the last surviving NFL player from the 1930's.
John W. Siegal was born in Larksville, Pennsylvania on May 15, 1918. He
entered Columbia University in 1935. He was a classmate of Columbia's
All- American and later All-Pro Quarterback, Sid Luckman. John played
end on the Columbia Football teams of 1936, 1937 and 1938, in an era of
two-way football, when the niceties of Tight End, Split End, Defensive End,
were not yet in vogue. He was a major pass receiver for Luckman at Columbia,
and went with Luckman in 1939 to the Chicago Bears.
A strapping 6-1 205 lbs. for the time, he played End with
the Bears. John contributed to their three Professional Championships in
the 1940s, and simultaneously obtained his DDS degree in 1943 from
Northwestern University Dental School. He then retired from football and
served as a Dentist in the United States Navy before entering private practice
in Plymouth, Pennsylvania. In an interview several years ago, John modestly
disclaimed the rumor that as a Dentist and Pro-Football player, he had invented
the Mouth Guard.
1939 Chicago Bears (NFL)
1940 Chicago Bears (NFL)
1941 Chicago Bears (NFL)
1942 Chicago Bears (NFL)
1943 Chicago Bears (NFL)
John Siegal Photo Gallery
I had (2) of these amazing figurines made, one for Dr. Siegal, one for me
Sid Luckman and John Siegal
John Siegal - Chicago Bears
John Siegal #6
John Siegal #6