- Earned 12 letters at Adams-Summerhill High School, four each in football and basketball, three in baseball and one in track before his graduation in 1953.
- Offered a pro contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team and a football scholarship from Michigan State.
- Chose football. Place kicker performed kickoffs and extra points for the Spartans.
- As a senior, served as team captain and earned third-team All-American status.
- First-team Big Ten center and Mid-West first-team center.
- Played for the North in the annual Shrine Game.
- Played in the Hula Bowl.
- Played center for the 1959 Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League.