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Joseph James Cibulas
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Birth: May 31, 1921
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 15, 1998
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA

Professional football player. Cibulas' football career started at Hurst High School in Mount Pleasant, where he distinguished himself well enough to be approached by 30 football recruiters before his graduation in 1939. He accepted the offer from Louisiana State University, but came back after three weeks to play with Duquesne University's team because he was homesick. He played right tackle for the Duquesne team from 1940 to 1942. His team was undefeated and untied in 1941, but was not invited to any bowl games. Cibulas was sidelined by World War II. He served during the war with the Army Corps of Engineers in France and returned in 1945. He had been drafted by the Steelers in 1943 and upon his return from the war, he played tackle for them in 1945. He was 6'1" and 245 pounds. He returned to Duquesne University as the assistant freshman football coach and earned his bachelor's degree in 1946. He met his wife while there. Both were working on master's degrees in educational and vocational guidance counseling, which both earned in August 1948. When his playing days were over, he worked as a substitute teacher in the Pittsburgh public schools, but the full-time teaching and coaching jobs were all taken. His father-in-law, George Donatelli, offered him a job in 1953 in the family monument company. When he died, he and his son, Joseph A. Cibulas, were partners in the Donatelli Granite Co. He was inducted into the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and was a member of the school's century club. He was also inducted into the Westmoreland County Sports Hall of Fame. He was active in the monument trade associations and many civic organizations. He was a past president of the North Side Rotary Club, the Allegheny Chamber of Commerce and the Steelers Alumni Association; he was a former member of the boards of St. John's Hospital, the Salvation Army, and the Duquesne University Alumni and Athletic associations; and he was also a member of the North Side Civic Development Council. 
Calvary Cemetery
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Mel Bashore
Record added: Sep 09, 2007
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Joseph James Cibulas
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