Weinstock was an All-America fullback at the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1930s, and a terrific blocker and ballhandler, especially on trick plays. While at Pitt, Weinstock also played defensive back, kicked extra points, and handled kickoff duties. After suffering a broken nose, he became one of the first players to wear a face mask. Izzy later played three seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. June 27, 1913 - d. September 26, 1997
Izzy was an oustanding back for Pitt in the early 1930s. In 1932, he scored four touchdowns and kicked nine extra points (34 points) to contribute to the Panthers' stellar record of 8-0-2, and was named AP All-America honorable mention. In the Rose Bowl, Pitt faced the USC Trojans in front of 83,000 spectators. USC, led by their All-America offensive lineman Aaron Rosenberg, had a 14-0 lead entering the fourth quarter and then scored three times to defeat the Panthers 35-0. USC won the national championship that year.
The following season, Pitt compiled a record of 8-1-0 and Weinstock was named AP All-America honorable mention and AP All-East first team. During the year, he scored 22 points on two touchdowns, four extra points, and two field goals. In 1934, the Panthers repeated their 8-1-0 record as Izzy led the team with 63 points. He was named NEA All-America first team, New York Sun All-America second team, Grantland Rice All-America honorable mention, and AP All-East first team. Izzy played on the East team in the 1935 East-West Shrine Game (he kicked the East's sole extra point in a 19-13 loss).
In 1935, his rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles, Weinstock had 58 rushes for 176 yards (3.0 average) and eight receptions for 107 yards -- all career highs. That year, the Eagles finished fifth in the NFL East with a record of 2-9-0.
After sitting out the 1936 season, Izzy returned to the NFL in 1937. That year, he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates (now the Steelers), who had a record of 4-7-0; they posted a pathetic 2-9-0 the following year. Izzy retired after the 1938 season, having played in 24 career NFL games.
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Weinstock played fullback at the University of Pittsburgh from 1932-1934. He then played as a fullback, blocking back, and linebacker in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1935 and for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1937-1938.
6'0", 197 pounds
In the NFL:
Rushing yards: 264
Rushing average: 3.0
Receiving yards: 107
Receiving average: 13.4
Extra points: 4
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)
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 28, 1932
New York Times, November 20, 1933