Jack Zilly biography

Jack Zilly

Wide receiver, American football player

1921 – 2009


Who was Jack Zilly?

John Lynus "Jack" Zilly was a professional American football player who played end for six seasons for the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Zilly played right end for Notre Dame on their national championship team in 1943. During World War II, he served two years in the Navy, fighting in the Pacific. After the war, he returned to Notre Dame to help guide that team to another national championship in 1946. While Zilly was a sixth round draft pick for the San Francisco 49ers of the All-America Football Conference, he did not play for that team. Instead as a fourth round draft pick for the then-Cleveland Rams in 1945, he would then go on to play six seasons in the NFL for the L. A. Rams and the 1952 Eagles. While in California, Zilly also appeared in five movies, the best-known being Twelve O'Clock High.

When his playing career ended, Zilly coached at Montana State, Rhode Island, Notre Dame, for the Eagles, and in the Canadian Football League. On January 8, 1978, Zilly coached the American team to a 22–7 victory over Canada in the first-ever Can-Am Bowl, at Tampa Stadium.


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Nov 11, 1921
  • University of Notre Dame
Lived in
  • Waterbury
Dec 18, 2009

on July 23, 2013

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