Ray Apolskis

Ray Apolskis
Position: Center, Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1919-10-19)October 19, 1919
Place of birth: Cicero, Illinois
Date of death: June 30, 1960(1960-06-30) (aged 40)
Place of death: San Mateo, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Fenger (IL)
College: Marquette
NFL Draft: 1941 / Round: 5 / Pick: 32
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Raymond Edward "Ray" Apolskis (October 19, 1919 June 30, 1960) was a professional football player, an offensive lineman in the National Football League. He played eight seasons for the Chicago Cardinals and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

Born in Cicero, Illinois, Apolskis grew up in Chicago and graduated from Fenger High School, where he earned eleven varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and swimming. He played college football at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was a team captain as a sophomore.[1] Apolskis was selected in the fifth round of the 1941 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, the 32nd overall pick. He started as a rookie in 1941,[2] but missed the 1943 and 1944 seasons in the Marines. Apolskis returned to play in the 1945 season and was a member of the 1947 team, the last NFL Championship for the franchise, and retired after the 1950 season.

After football, Apolskis worked for a steel company in San Mateo, California, where he died of a heart attack at age 40 in 1960.[1][3]


  1. 1 2 "Rites today for Apolskis". Milwaukee Sentinel. July 2, 1960. p. 4, part 3.
  2. "Apolskis of Marquette plays against Packers". Milwaukee Journal. October 5, 1941. p. 2, sports.
  3. "Apolskis is dead of heart seizure". Milwaukee Journal. July 1, 1960. p. 12, part 2.

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