Ernie Stautner was the Capital Region’s Best Pro Football Player

Ernie Stautner, who attended Vincentian Institute of Albany in the 1940’s, was the best pro football player ever to come out of the Capital Region.  After high school, Stautner served with the United States Marines, then went on to play for Boston College.  He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1950.  Stautner was the twenty-second pick overall.  Number 70 was mobile and a very rugged defensive lineman.  He played professionally for 14 seasons with the Steelers and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl 9 times.  Stautner also won the best lineman award in 1957 and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1969.  He accomplished all these feats despite being considered small for a pro lineman.

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