Gust Zarnas

Gust Zarnas
Date of birth December 16, 1913 (1913-12-16)
Place of birth Ikaris, Greece
Date of death December 26, 2000 (2000-12-27) (aged 87)
Place of death Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Guard
College Ohio State
NFL draft 1938 / Round: 5 / Pick 40
Career history
As player
1938 Chicago Bears
1939 Brooklyn Dodgers
1939–1940 Green Bay Packers
Career stats

Gustave Constantine Zarnas (December 16, 1913 – December 26, 2000) was a college football All-American and professional football player. He is distinguished as being the first Greek to play in the National Football League.

Born in Ikaria, Greece, Zarnas came to America with his parents. He played the guard position at the Ohio State University from 1935 to 1937 and received All-American recognition his last year as a Buckeye. At 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), 220 lbs., Zarnas played professionally in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers from 1938 to 1940, and enlisted into the United States Navy becoming a lieutenant during World War II. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.


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