Tom Stincic

Tom Stincic
No. 56, 55
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1946-11-24) November 24, 1946
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 229 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 42
Games started: 4
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Thomas Dorn Stincic (born November 24, 1946) is a former American football player. He played college football, principally as a linebacker, at the University of Michigan from 1966 to 1968. He also played professional football as a linebacker for four seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints.

Early years

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stincic attended John Marshall High School.

College career

Stincic enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1965 and played football for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1966 to 1968. As a sophomore in 1966, he saw limited action in four games.[1]

As a junior in 1967, Stincic started two games at defensive end and four games at linebacker.[2] He had a career-high ten tackles against Illinois.[1] As a senior, he totaled 55 tackles and 47 assists as a starting linebacker for the 1968 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled an 8-2 record and finished ranked No. 12 in the final AP Poll.[1][3] He received All-Big Ten honors in both 1967 and 1968.[2][3]

Professional football

Dallas Cowboys

Stincic was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (68th overall pick) of the 1969 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons serving as the backup to middle linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, appearing in 35 games, and playing with the Super Bowl VI championship team.[4]

After three years as a backup in Dallas, he asked to be traded and was sent in July 1972 to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a third-round draft choice (used to draft Harvey Martin).[5][6]

New Orleans Saints

Stincic appeared in seven games, four as a starter, for the Saints during the 1972 season.[4] In March 1973, Stincic was traded to the Houston Oilers along with Dave Parks and Edd Hargett, in exchange for Ron Billingsley and Kent Nix.[7] He decided to retire after not reaching a contract agreement with the Houston Oilers.[8]

Personal life

Stincic coached high school football and taught social studies and science at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona in the 1980s, including coaching the football team to the state playoffs in 1985.


  1. 1 2 3 "Michigan Football Statistical Archive". University of Michigan. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  2. 1 2 "1967 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "1968 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Tom Stincic". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  5. "Tom Stincic Leaves Pokes". Frederick Daily Leader. July 20, 1972.
  6. "Stincic To Saints". The Milwaukee Sentinel. July 24, 1973.
  7. "Saints, Oilers Complete Deal". The Pittsburgh Press. March 22, 1973. p. 38.
  8. "Stincic, Oilers Still at Odds". The Victoria Advocate. July 26, 1973. p. 3B.
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