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Fishel, Dick

Richard Edward Fishel

Fishel played football at Syracuse University and spent one season in the NFL in the early 1930s.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. September 19, 1909 - d. August 12, 1972

Career Highlights:
In the early 1930s, Fishel was an excellent halfback and fullback for the Syracuse Orangemen. In 1930, he was named AP All-East honorable mention as he scored five touchdowns during the season, including two in the season finale, a 19-7 victory over Columbia. That year, Syracuse had a record of 5-2-2.

In 1931, Fishel was named AP All-America honorable mention as he scored 11 touchdowns for Syracuse, who finished with a record of 7-1-1. The following year, the Orangemen had a record of 4-4-1. Fishel, who moved to quarterback for much of the season, scored five touchdowns during the year.

After graduating in 1933, Fishel moved on to play professional football. In 1933, Fishel played in 8 games in the NFL for the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he was a teammate of quarterback Benny Friedman and lineman Saul Mielziner. That year, the Dodgers had a record of 5-4-1 and finished second in the NFL East.

Brooklyn, New York

Career Dates:
Fishel played back at Syracuse University from 1930-1932. He then played as a linebacker, blocking back, and defensive back in the NFL with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1933.

Physical description:
5'9", 190 pounds

Career Statistics:
In the NFL:
Games: 8

Passes completed: 3
Passes attempted: 7
Passing percentage: 42.9
Passing Yards: 50
Interceptions thrown: 1

Rushes: 22
Rushing yards: 61
Rushing average: 2.8
Rushing touchdowns: 1

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The Encyclopedia of Football, by Roger Treat (New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1976 -- 14th Edition)
Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, and John Thorn (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, November 30, 1931
New York Times, November 28, 1932