Dick Flanagan
Dick Flanagan - 1955 Bowman.jpg
Flanagan on a 1955 Bowman football card
Born:(1927-10-31)October 31, 1927
Sidney, Ohio, U.S.
Died:September 27, 1997(1997-09-27) (aged 69)
Career information
CollegeOhio State
NFL draft1948 / Round: 10 / Pick 83
Career history
As player
1948–1949Chicago Bears
1950–1952Detroit Lions
1953–1955Pittsburgh Steelers

Richard E. Flanagan (October 31, 1927 in Sidney, Ohio – September 27, 1997) was a National Football League center who played eight seasons. Flanagan played high school football for Sidney High School and college football for Ohio State University.[1] He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 10th round of the 1948 NFL Draft.[2] He played running back in college and his first year with the Bears. He also played linebacker and offensive guard during his professional career.

Flanagan was a member of the Detroit Lions team that defeated the Cleveland Browns to win the 1952 NFL Championship.[3]


The Flanagan Sports Complex in Sidney is named after him.[4]

The Sidney High School football MVP trophy is named after Flanagan and his jersey number has been retired by the school.[5]


  1. ^ Pendleton, Marc (August 9, 2017). "Sidney football: Top 7 players in Yellow Jackets history". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  2. ^ "1948 Ohio State Buckeyes Draft". 247Sports. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  3. ^ Page, Joseph S. (2014). "1952 NFL—The Lions Texas Connections". Pro Football Championships Before the Super Bowl: A Year-by-Year History, 1926-1965. McFarland & Company. pp. 124–128. ISBN 978-0-7864-5785-4. Retrieved May 26, 2022 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Facilities: Flanagan Sports Complex". Sidneyoh.com. City of Sydney. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  5. ^ Ross, Dave (May 20, 2022). "Sports Extra with Dave Ross: SHS football: 32 and 13 will soon join 27". Sidney Daily News. Retrieved May 26, 2022.