Veryl Switzer
No. 27     Green Bay Packers
Veryl Switzer - 1954 Bowman.jpg
Switzer on a 1954 Bowman football card
Born:(1932-08-06)August 6, 1932
Nicodemus, Kansas, U.S.
Died:June 4, 2022(2022-06-04) (aged 89)
Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)HB
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)
CollegeKansas State
NFL draft1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
As player
1954–1955Green Bay Packers
1958Calgary Stampeders
1959–1960Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
  • Kansas State Hall of Fame (1990)

Veryl A. Switzer (August 6, 1932 – June 4, 2022) was an American professional football player who was a halfback in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played in the NFL for 24 games with the Green Bay Packers before serving in the United States Air Force for two years, playing professional football in Canada, and becoming an administrator at his alma mater Kansas State where he is a hall of famer.

Career

In 1954, the Green Bay Packers used the 4th pick in the 1st round of the 1954 NFL Draft to sign Switzer out of Kansas State University where he played from 1951 to 1953. He held the career punt return record at KSU until 1995 and scored the second longest punt return touchdown in school history (93 yards on Sept 19 1953, one of two he posted that year). His best year was 1953 when he led Kansas State in rushing with 558 yards, receiving with eight catches for 211 yards, scoring with eight touchdowns and 49 points, punt returns with a 31.0-yard average and kick returns with a 22.3-yard average. Switzer was invited to the 1954 East–West Shrine Game.

Switzer went on to play for two seasons with the Packers before serving two years in the United States Air Force as a first lieutenant. His attempt to resume his NFL career was unsuccessful when he was released by the Packers in September 1958. He headed north to professional football in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders in 1958 and was subsequently traded to the Montreal Alouettes in March 1959. He played two seasons with that team.

Later years

Switzer later worked for the Chicago Board of Education for ten years before returning to Kansas State as an administrator in 1969. He received a Masters in Education from Kansas State in 1974.[1] He was Co-Director, Earl Woods National Youth Golf Academy and Associate Athletic Director for Academics. Switzer developed Kansas State's first university-wide student minority program, including numerous programs which are still extant, including Ebony Theater, United Black Voices, a Black Student Union, and Hispanic advocacy groups.[1]

He was a charter member of the K-State Sports Hall of Fame. He is enshrined in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Kansas High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.

Death

Switzer died in Manhattan, Kansas, on June 4, 2022, at the age of 89.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ex-Green Bay Packers, Kansas State Wildcats RB Veryl Switzer dies at 89". ESPN. Associated Press. 5 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  2. ^ Veryl A. Switzer obituary