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Skudin, Dave

Harry David Skudin

Skudin was an All-East guard at NYU (New York University), and was named to The Jewish Tribune's 1926 mythical Jewish All-America team. He later played in the NFL for the Staten Island Stapletons in 1929.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. January 21, 1905 - d. April 13, 1972

Career Highlights:
Skudin played guard at NYU in the mid-1920s and had a terrific career for the Violets. In 1925, Skudin was named C.W.P Reynolds All-East first team, AP All-East second team, and New York Herald Tribune All-East third team. In 1926, he was named New York Times All-America honorable mention.

After graduating in 1927, he played one season in the NFL. In 1929, he appeared in six games for the Staten Island Stapletons (3-4-3) who finished sixth in the league. Other Jewish players on the Stapletons that year were linemen Ollie Satenstein, and Sammy Stein, and blocking back Jack Shapiro (the shortest player in NFL history).

After competing as an independent team for over a decade, the Stapletons were finally allowed an NFL franchise in 1929. Although they had diehard fans, they could not compete --both in terms of talent or economically -- with their rivals, the New York Giants. The Stapletons played in the NFL for only four seasons and officially folded after the 1932 season.

Brooklyn, New York

Career Dates:
Skudin played guard at New York University from 1924-1926. He then played guard and end in the NFL with the Staten Island Stapletons in 1929.

Physical description:
5'11", 195 pounds

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