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Frank Hribar II

Football ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Frank Hribar's football ability was evident at an early age. Born and raised in Brownsville, Frank had a couple of older brothers living and working in Aliquippa who felt Frank would have better opportunities playing football for Coach Nate Lippe’s Quips. Young Frank moved in with his brothers during his junior high years, but Brownsville challenged the move in court. The matter was resolved when the entire Hribar family moved to Aliquippa. Frank went on to star as a two way tackle at Aliquippa from 1933 to 1935 and received a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin. After a year with the Badgers, Frank transferred to Duke and played three years for the Blue Devils, earning All Southern Conference twice. As a junior Frank was a key player on the undefeated, untied, and unscored on Duke squad that earned a bid to the Rose Bowl but were beaten by USC, 7-3. As a senior, Frank was named second team All American by UPI and third team All American by the AP. Frank was chosen to play in the first Tobacco Bowl, a forerunner to the College All Star Game that pitted college all stars against the defending NFL champions. Drafted by Detroit, Frank opted to play in the Dixie Pro League and became an All Pro at Norfolk. In 1943 Norfolk ‘loaned’ Frank to the Washington Redskins when the war depleted many NFL rosters. Frank helped the Redskins reach the NFL championship, where they lost to Chicago. Frank then entered the service and became an All Star in the military leagues, later coaching service and high school teams in the Norfolk area. He was inducted in the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame. Frank died in 1976.