Ben Agajanian

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Ben Agajanian
Ben Agajanian - 1955 Bowman.jpg
1955 Bowman football card
No. 3, 8
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Born:(1919-08-28)August 28, 1919
Santa Ana, California
Died:February 8, 2018(2018-02-08) (aged 98)
Cathedral City, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: San Pedro (CA)
College: New Mexico
Undrafted: 1941
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Benjamin James "The nameless Wonder" Agajanian (August 28, 1919 – February 8, 2018) was an American football player, primarily a placekicker in the National Football League, the All-America Football Conference and American Football League.

American football Team field sport

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National Football League Professional American football league

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All-America Football Conference a professional American football league that challenged the established National Football League (NFL) from 1946–1949

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Born in Santa Ana, California, he graduated from San Pedro High School in the San Pedro community in Los Angeles. A placekicker, he played college football at Compton Junior College and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. [1] He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II as a physical training instructor. [2]

Santa Ana, California City in California, United States

Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2011 population at 329,427, making Santa Ana the 57th most-populous city in the United States.

San Pedro High School

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San Pedro, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in Los Angeles

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Agajanian played professionally in the National Football League from 1945 through 1959, then in the newly formed American Football League for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers in 1960, 1961, and 1964. He also played for the Dallas Texans in 1961 and the Oakland Raiders in 1962. He is one of two players (the other was Hardy Brown) who played in the All-America Football Conference, the American Football League, and the National Football League. [3]

American Football League Professional football league that merged with National Football League in 1970

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While playing in college, Agajanian had four toes of his kicking foot crushed in a work accident and then amputated in 1939, [2] [4] but overcame the injury to become pro football's second kicking specialist (after Mose Kelsch), booting field goals for 10 different professional teams in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, including two NFL champions: the New York Giants in 1956 and the Green Bay Packers in 1961. [5] After retiring from the field at age 45, [6] he was the Dallas Cowboys kicking coach for 20 years.

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Christian "Mose" Kelsch was an American football placekicker and running back in the National Football League (NFL). He was a charter member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Agajanian died in Cathedral City, California on February 8, 2018 at age 98. [7] His older brother was the late Motorsports promoter J.C. Agajanian.

Cathedral City, California City in California, United States

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References

  1. "Agajanian signs with grid Dons". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. May 14, 1947. p. 23.
  2. 1 2 "Agajanian became star kicker after injury to right foot". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 1, 1945. p. 12.
  3. Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.54, 2008, Random House, ISBN   978-1-4000-6717-6
  4. "Bootin' Ben Agajanian, oldest active gridder, released by Green Bay". Florence Times. Alabama. Associated Press. p. 11, section 2.
  5. Lea, Bud (November 18, 1961). "Agajanian signs with Packers". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 7, part 3.
  6. "History: Players Who've Played in NFL at Age 40 or Older". Pro Football Hall of Fame . Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  7. "Ben Agajanian, Square-Shoed Kicking Star, Dies at 98". The New York Times . February 13, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-01-24. Retrieved February 13, 2018.