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Shiekman, Mort

Morton Shiekman

Shiekman played guard at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1940s when the Quakers were one of the top teams in the country.

Birth and Death Dates:

Career Highlights:
Born in Philadelphia, Shiekman attended Overbrook High School in his hometown before playing three years of varsity football at Penn in the early 1940s. In 1940, as a sophomore guard, Shiekman stepped into the starting line-up midway through the season due to injuries to other players. That year, the Quakers had a record of 6-1-1, outscored their opponents 247-79, and finished the season ranked No. 14 in the country. Their only loss was to No. 3 Michigan, 14-0 in the fourth game of the year.

In 1941, Shiekman continued to start on the line as Penn posted a record of 7-1-0, outscoring their opponents 180-55. That year, their only loss came against No. 10 Navy, 13-6, and the Quakers finished ranked No. 15. In 1942, Penn ended the season unranked with a record of 5-3-1 and after the season, Mort played in the East-West Shrine Game for the East team. He was selected in the 12th round of the 1943 NFL Draft, but did not play professionally.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Career Dates:
Shiekman played guard at the University of Pennsylvania from 1940-1942.

Physical description:
210 pounds

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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, November 1, 1940