Pete Perini

Pete Perini
No. 39, 54
Position: Fullback / Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1928-02-10)February 10, 1928
Place of birth: New Village, New Jersey
Date of death: September 11, 2008(2008-09-11) (aged 80)
Place of death: Fountain Hills, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College: Ohio State
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Evo Peter Perini (February 10, 1928 – September 11, 2008) was an American football fullback who played two seasons in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. Born in the New Village section of Franklin Township, Warren County, New Jersey, he played at Washington High School, a predecessor to Warren Hills Regional High School.[1][2] He played college football at Ohio State University.[2]

Early years

Perini participated in high school football, baseball and wrestling at Washington High School. In football, he was a three-year letterman as a fullback and was a team captain in 1945. He earned First Team All-State honors in 1945. Perini was a four-year letterman and a four-time New Jersey state finalist in wrestling. He won the state championship in the 175 pound weight class in 1944 and in the heavyweight class in 1945. He also earned second place in the heavyweight class in 1946. In baseball, Perini earned four letters as a left fielder and pitcher. He was inducted into the Blue Streak Wall of Fame in 2001.[3]

College career

Perini played football and baseball for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1946 to 1950, earning four letters in each sport. In baseball, he became the only pitcher in school history to lead the team in wins and innings pitched in each of his four years as a starter. He had a career record of 30 wins and 13 losses. Perini set school records with a 1.45 earned run average his freshman year and a career ERA of 2.88. He was a punter and linebacker on the football team, helping the Buckeyes win the 1950 Rose Bowl. He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.[4]

Professional baseball career

Perini was drafted by the Boston Braves of Major League Baseball after his college career.[4] He played for the Hagerstown Braves of the Interstate League as an outfielder from 1950 to 1951.[5]

Professional football career

Chicago Bears

Perini played in fourteen games for the Chicago Bears from 1954 to 1955.[2]

Cleveland Browns

Perini played in six games for the Cleveland Browns during the 1955 season.[2] His career was cut short due to a knee injury.[4]

Personal life

Perini served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked in the Ohio Department of Corrections for nearly three decades. He was also the superintendent of the Marion Correctional Institution until his retirement.[6]


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  3. "E. Peter Perini". Archived from the original on November 7, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 "Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Adds 14 New Members". June 26, 2001. Archived from the original on November 7, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  5. "Pete Perini". Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  6. "Peter Perini". Archived from the original on November 7, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
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