Rykovich on a 1951 Bowman football card
April 6, 1923|
December 23, 1974 (aged 51)|
|Awards||Co-MVP in 1947 Rose Bowl|
|Honors||Rose Bowl Hall of Fame (1993)|
Julius Alphonsus Rykovich (April 6, 1923 – December 23, 1974) was an American football halfback, kickoff returner, and defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Bears. Rykovich also played in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) for the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Rockets. He played college football at the University of Illinois and the University of Notre Dame and was drafted in the second round of the 1947 NFL Draft. He was co-MVP alongside Buddy Young in the 1947 Rose Bowl for Illinois, and was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1993.
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