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Friday, December 20, 2002
Wietecha never missed a game in 10-year Giants career
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ray Wietecha, who didn't miss a game in his 10-year career with the New York Giants, has died of an aneurysm. He was 74.
Wietecha died Dec. 14 in Phoenix, the Giants announced Friday.
His streak of 124 consecutive games at center ended with his retirement after the 1962 season.
During that period, the Giants won the 1956 NFL championship and four Eastern Conference titles.
The Giants drafted Wietecha in the 12th round as a "futures'' pick in 1950, but he played baseball as an outfielder in the Washington Senators system and also spent two years in the Marines. He eventually cracked the Giants' lineup at the start of the 1953 season.
After he stopped playing, Wietecha was offensive coordinator under Vince Lombardi when the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I and II. He retired as a Green Bay scout several years ago.
He played center, linebacker and end at Northwestern, where he was named All-Big Ten center and outstanding defensive player. His collegiate career included a 1949 Rose Bowl victory over California.
He is survived by his wife, Joan, three children and eight grandchildren.