Tom Stincic
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Personal information
Born: (1946-11-24) November 24, 1946 (age 75)
Cleveland, Ohio
Died:December 26th, 2021
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:229 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:John Marshall (OH)
NFL Draft:1969 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:42
Games started:4
Player stats at · PFR

Thomas Dorn Stincic (born November 24, 1946) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. He played college football, principally as a linebacker, at the University of Michigan from 1966 to 1968.

Remembered as a loving father, husband, grandfather, brother and uncle, he is in the hearts of all those that loved him.

Early years

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stincic attended John Marshall High School.

College career

Stincic enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1965 and played football for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1966 to 1968. From the start he was recognized for his leadership qualities. As a sophomore in 1966, he saw limited action in four games.[1]

As a junior in 1967, Stincic started two games at defensive end and four games at linebacker.[2] He had a career-high ten tackles against Illinois.[1]

As a senior, he totaled 55 tackles and 47 assists as a starting linebacker for the 1968 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled an 8–2 record and finished ranked No. 12 in the final AP Poll.[1][3] He received All-Big Ten honors in both 1967 and 1968.[2][3]

Professional football

Dallas Cowboys

Stincic was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (68th overall pick) of the 1969 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons serving as the backup to middle linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, appearing in 35 games, and playing with the Super Bowl VI championship team.[4]

After three years as a backup in Dallas, he asked to be traded. On July 17, 1972, he was sent to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a third-round draft choice (#53-Harvey Martin).[5][6]

New Orleans Saints

Stincic appeared in seven games, four as a starter, for the Saints during the 1972 season.[4] On March 20, 1973, Stincic was traded to the Houston Oilers along with Dave Parks and Edd Hargett, in exchange for Ron Billingsley and Kent Nix.[7] He decided to retire after not reaching a contract agreement with the Houston Oilers.[8]

Coaching and teaching career

Stincic coached high school football and taught social studies and science at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona in the 1980s, including coaching the football team to the state playoffs in 1985. He taught science at Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona in the 2000s.


  1. ^ a b c "Michigan Football Statistical Archive". University of Michigan. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "1967 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "1968 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Tom Stincic". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "Tom Stincic Leaves Pokes". Frederick Daily Leader. July 20, 1972. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Stincic To Saints". The Milwaukee Sentinel. July 24, 1973. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Saints, Oilers Complete Deal". The Pittsburgh Press. March 22, 1973. p. 38. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Stincic, Oilers Still at Odds". The Victoria Advocate. July 26, 1973. p. 3B. Retrieved March 9, 2020.