Siegal was a back at NYU (New York University) in the mid-1930s. He then played one season of professional football in the American Football League in 1936.
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In 1933, Siegal scored two touchdowns and was named AP All-East honorable mention although NYU only had a record of 2-4-1 that year. After a 3-4-1 season in 1934, the Violets vastly improved in 1935. Behind Siegal and fellow future professional players, lineman Irwin Klein, and back (and team captain) Nate Machlowitz, the Violets finished the season with a record of 7-1-0. That year, they won their first seven games before losing to a tough Fordham squad, 7-6, in the final game of the season. Siegal scored three touchdowns during the season.
After graduating in 1936, Siegal segued into one season of professional football, joining the New York Yankees in the American Football League. The AFL was instituted by Dr. Harry March, a former New York Giants official, who started it as a "player's league." Despite being covered by the New York Times, the AFL folded after two seasons due to lack of finances and low attendance.
In 1936, the Yankees finished in second place in the league with a 5-3-2 record. Two of Siegal's teammates on the Yankees were former All-NFL lineman Maury Bodenger, and Henry Obst.
Siegal played as a back at New York University from 1933-1935. He then played in the AFL as a back for the New York Yankees in 1936.
Use links below to navigate through the football section of Jews In Sports.
The Encyclopedia of Football, by Roger Treat (New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1976 -- 14th Edition)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, November 20, 1933
New York Times, November 25, 1935