Bridge renaming to honor ex-Marshall standout

Updated: November 17, 2006, 10:45 AM ET
Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A bridge linking Huntington and Proctorville, Ohio, is being renamed in honor of late Marshall football great Frank "Gunner" Gatski.

A sign for the Frank Gatski Memorial Bridge will be unveiled Saturday at Marshall's home game against UTEP.

Members of Gatski's family, former teammate Sam Clagg and state lawmakers who sponsored the resolution to rename the East Huntington Bridge are expected to attend the ceremony.

Gatski played center for Marshall from 1940 to 1942. He wore No. 72 and became the first Marshall football player to have his number retired. The NFL Hall of Famer played in 10 straight championship games for the Cleveland Browns during the 1940s and 1950s.

After football, Gatski became a teacher at the state Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown, a youth detention center. He retired after the facility closed in 1982.

Gatski died last November in Morgantown.

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