John Witte

Not to be confused with John Witte, Jr..
John Witte
Date of birth (1933-01-29)January 29, 1933
Date of death March 17, 1993(1993-03-17) (aged 60)
Place of death Portland, Oregon
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) Tackle
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg)
College Oregon State
High school Klamath Falls (OR) Union
NFL draft 1955 / Round: 9 / Pick: 103
Drafted by Los Angeles Rams
Career history
As player
1957 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards

John Witte (January 29, 1933 - March 17, 1993) was an American football tackle who played one season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the ninth round of the 1955 NFL Draft.[1]

Early life

Witte played college football at Oregon State University and attended Klamath Union High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He was a Consensus All-American in 1956.[2][3] Witte was also a wrestler at Oregon State and finished second at the NCAA Championships as a freshman.[4] He spent time serving with the United States military during the Korean War.[5]

After football

After his football career, Witte had a brief career as a professional wrestler before moving into a career in education.[6] He taught high school and coached football, including 24 years at Jefferson High School, where he served 17 years as dean of students.[6] He died of leukemia in Portland in 1993.[6] He was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Oregon State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.[5][6]


  1. "1955 NFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. Carlson, Kip. Oregon State Football. Arcadia Publishing. p. 48.
  3. "John Witte". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  4. "JOHN WITTE • 1955 & 1956" (PDF). Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  5. 1 2 "John Witte - Football". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  6. 1 2 3 4 "Ex-OSU All-American Witte dies of leukemia at age 60". The Oregonian. March 18, 1993. p. D5.
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