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10 For 80: Pete Wysocki

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 14, 2012 – 12:27 pm

(Wysocki as a youngster with the Saskatchewan Roughriders)

Note: The Redskins Blog will be profiling several former players, coaches and team officials eligible to be voted by you, the fans, in this year’s Redskins 80th Anniversary celebration. To vote for Pete Wysocki or your 10 other all-timers to join the already-chosen list of the 70 Greatest Redskins, go to http://www.redskins80th.com/

It’s no surprise Pete Wysocki made an art of busting wedges while chasing kickoffs as a member of the Washington Redskins.

After all, the former Redskins outside linebacker and special teams standout was an award-winning painter while studying at Western Michigan University.

Wysocki’s six-year career with the Redskins spanned from 1975 to 1980. He began his professional football endeavors in the Canadian Football League, where he last played with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was the third CFL player signed by head coach George Allen, joining Joe Theismann and Moses Denson.

(Pete Wysocki, #50, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders)

Wysocki — who gained the nickname “Suicidal Socker” by teammates — became well-known by Redskins fans as a smashmouth-type player with a knack for finding the ballcarrier.

“I try to stay just this side of being rabid,” Wysocki once said. “You can’t go nuts all the time. But there are times when you really have to put a lick into a guy. I’m not very careful, put it that way.”

In 88 games with the Redskins, Wysocki recovered three fumbles and intercepted one pass. In 17 games as a starter his last two seasons in Washington, Wysocki recorded 111 tackles.

Wysocki died in 2003 at 55 after a battle with cancer. He’ll be forever remembered in Redskins Nation for his large heart — he was well-known for his charity work — his tough play on the field and his quick wit off of it.

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One Response to “10 For 80: Pete Wysocki”

  1. By Chris Aitken on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t forget Roy Jefferson, Charlie Harraway, & Verlon !!!!

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