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Frank "Fireball Frankie" Sinkwich
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Birth: Oct. 10, 1920
Death: Oct. 22, 1990

Professional football player. He was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and went to Chaney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Francis Frank Sinkwich was recruited to go to the University of Georgia in 1939. At Georgia he was a two-time All-American, won the Walter Camp Award and Heisman Trophy in 1942. He was the first player taken in the 1943 NFL draft. He was a halfback on the Detroit Lions in 1943 and 1944. He led the league in punting in 1943. He was an All Pro in 1943 and 1944 and the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1944. He got the nickname "Flatfoot" after being discharged from basic training in the Marine Corps in 1943 because of flat feet. After serving a year in the military, he signed with the New York Yankees of the All America Football Conference. A knee injury suffered in a game playing on the Second Air Force Superbombers team in 1945 diminished his talents. He played with New York in 1946 and started the 1947 season with the Yankees, but was traded to the Baltimore Colts. He retired after the season ended. He owned a beer and wine distribution business in Athens, Georgia. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954 and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1967. 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Created by: Mel Bashore
Record added: Jan 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23823615
Frank Fireball Frankie Sinkwich
Added by: Melinda
 
Frank Fireball Frankie Sinkwich
Added by: Mel Bashore
 
Frank Fireball Frankie Sinkwich
Added by: Mel Bashore
 
 
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Thanks for making the game great.
- J Spencer
 Added: Aug. 31, 2014

- Darlene T.
 Added: Jan. 30, 2012
 
 
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