Thomas Sterck

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Thomas Richard Sterck
Washington & Jefferson Presidents
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Career history
College Washington & Jefferson (19181920)
Personal information
Born: June 20, 1900
Died: September 1970 (age 70)
Career highlights and awards
  • All-American (1918)

Thomas Richard Sterck (June 20, 1900 – September 1970) was an American football player. A native of Pittsburgh, Sterck attended Peabody High School before enrolling at Washington & Jefferson College. At Washington & Jefferson, he played college football at the center position from 1918 to 1920 and also played on the school's basketball team. [1] He was selected by Tiny Maxwell as a first-team center on his 1918 College Football All-America Team. [2]

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  1. Pandora (Washington & Jefferson yearbook), 1922, p. 80.
  2. Robert W. Maxwell (1918-12-19). "Alexander and Ackley Placed on First All-American Team by Bob Maxwell". Syracuse Herald.