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Northeast PA Pro Bowl Selections by Year

Written by: on Saturday, January 16th, 2010. Follow Vince Pellegrini on Twitter.

 

Reported by: Vince Pellegrini

For the first time since 1980, the NFL’s all-stars will not convene in Honolulu instead they will be playing later this month in Miami. On January 31, the NFL’s best will meet in the Pro Bowl at Dolphins Stadium.

However, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area has produced many great football players including a number of stellar offensive linemen. Scranton Central High School’s Mike Munchack was a former first round selection of Houston in the 1982 draft. After starting 156 games at his guard position, Munchack was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. Mike was selected to play in the Pro Bowl nine times including seven straight trips (1987-93).

In the 1951 NFL Draft, did the Cleveland Browns really know who they were getting in Walt Michaels in the 7th round from little Washington & Lee University? Chances are that they didn’t. Michaels was voted to five straight Pro Bowls (1955-59). He made 133 starts and recorded eleven interceptions over his eleven year career.

Here is a glance at the Northeast Pennsylvanian contribution to the Pro Bowl. Many people compare Youngstown, Ohio to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. Here’s your chance to compare each region in terms of individual National Football League success:

Northeast Pennsylvania High School Pro Bowl Selections by Year

Year Name High School NFL Team Pos
2000 Tim Ruddy Dunmore Dolphins C
1993 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1992 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1991 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1990 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1989 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1988 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1987 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1985 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1984 Mike Munchack Scranton Central Oilers G
1965 Ed Rutkowski Kingston Bills WR
1964 John Paluck Swoyersville Redskins DE
1963 Lou Michaels Swoyersville/Staunton Military Steelers DE
1962 Lou Michaels Swoyersville/Staunton Military Steelers DE
1959 Walt Michaels Swoyersville Browns LB
1958 Walt Michaels Swoyersville Browns LB
1957 Walt Michaels Swoyersville Browns LB
1956 Walt Michaels Swoyersville Browns LB
1955 Walt Michaels Swoyersville Browns LB
1953 Charley Trippi Pittston/LaSalle Academy Cardinals HB
1952 Charley Trippi Pittston/LaSalle Academy Cardinals QB
1942 Chuck Cherundolo Old Forge Steelers C
Chuck Drulis Girardville Bears G
John Siegal Larksville Bears WR
1941 Chuck Cherundolo Old Forge Steelers C
Al Matuza Shenandoah/Staunton Military Bears C
John Siegal Larksville Bears WR
1940 John Siegal Larksville Bears WR/DE

Northeast Pennsylvania College Pro Bowl Selections by Year

Year Name College NFL Team Pos
1942 Enio Conti Bucknell Eagles G
1940 Clarke Hinkle Bucknell Packers FB/LB
1939 Clarke Hinkle Bucknell Packers FB/LB
1938 Clarke Hinkle Bucknell Packers FB/LB
Stu Smith Bucknell Steelers FB/D

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