Tom Brzoza
Born:August 29, 1956
Career information
Position(s)Center, Guard
CollegeUniversity of Pittsburgh
Career history
As player
1974–1977Pittsburgh Panthers
Career highlights and awards
Consensus All-American (1977)

Thomas F. Brzoza (born August 29, 1956) is a former American football player. He played college football at the center and guard positions for the University of Pittsburgh from 1974 to 1977.[1][2][3][4] He was a consensus first-team center on the 1977 College Football All-America Team.[5][6] He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 11th round of the 1978 NFL Draft, but he was injured and released in August 1978. Brzoza hired an attorney and made a claim that the practice session in which he was injured violated NFL off-season regulations against conducting practices with shoulder pads; he reached a settlement with the Steelers in March 1979.[7][8]

References

  1. ^ Russ Franke (March 30, 1975). "Hard Knocks Educate Pitt's Brzoza". The Pittsburgh Press. p. D5 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Jack Atzinger (November 24, 1975). "Brzoza has big role in Panthers success". New Castle News. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Marino Parascenzo (October 28, 1976). "Who Is 67 for Panthers? Tom Brzoza, of Course". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Brzoza's Position Center of Action". Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. August 31, 1977. p. 8C – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Pitt Football's All-Time First Team All-Americans". PittsburghPanthers.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Brzoza fights Steelers". Valley Independent, Monessen, PA. September 16, 1978.
  8. ^ "Brzoza Wins Settlement From Steelers". Tyrone Daily Herald, Tyrone, PA. March 8, 1979.