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Otto Schnellbacher

Born: Apr 15, 1923

Death: Mar 10, 2008

Birthplace: Sublette

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Otto Schnellbacher

Date of Birth : Apr 15, 1923
Date of Death : Mar 10, 2008
Birth Place : Sublette

Otto Ole Schnellbacher was an American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He was a 2-time Pro Bowler. Also a professional basketball player, Schnellbacher played for the Basketball Association of America's Providence Steamrollers and St. Louis Bombers in 1948-49. In college, Schnellbacher was a two-sport star at the University of Kansas, earning him the nickname "the double threat from Sublette". On the gridiron, Schnellbacher, along with teammate Ray Evans, was KU's first football All-American in 1947. That same season, Schnellbacher led the Jayhawks to a Big 6 conference title and an Orange Bowl berth. Schnellbacher also excelled in basketball, where he was a four-time first-team all-conference selection. He was a member of the 1943 Big Six conference championship team that is regarded as one of the program's greatest teams. Schnellbacher died aged 84, from cancer, according to University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self.


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