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Johnny Gildea

Johnny Gildea
Date of birth: March 9, 1910
Place of birth: Boston Run, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of death: November 1979 (aged 69)
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: St. Bonaventure University
As player:
Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1938
Career stats
Playing stats at

John Thomas "Johnny" Gildea (March 9, 1910 – November 1979) was an American football quarterback, punter and halfback who played four seasons in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants.

Early life

Gildea was born in Boston Run, Pennsylvania and attended Coaldale High School, later playing college football for St. Bonaventure University.[1]

NFL career

Gildea played in 12 games in his first season with the Pirates, starting 10 of them. He threw for two or three touchdowns, depending on the source, and 20 interceptions, which led the league.[2][1] He also finished third in the league in passing yards, and fifth in completions.[2]

Gildea was used less in the 1936 and 1937 season where he was listed as a tailback.[2] In 1936, he only completed nine passes for 147 yards and one touchdown, while having five more interceptions. In 1937, he passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns, alongside nine interceptions. He was selected second-team All-NFL by the International News Service at the end of the year.[2]

Gildea was also the Pirates' regular punter during his three seasons with the team, sharing duties in his final season with future Hall of Famer John "Blood" McNally.[3]

Gildea finished his career with the New York Giants in 1938, where he only recorded two yards on one rushing attempt in nine games, including two starts.[2] Despite the statistics, he was selected to his only Pro Bowl that year.[2] The Giants won the NFL championship that season. Gildea was a non-factor in the championship game, missing his only extra point attempt in the first quarter, while Ward Cuff handled most of the kicking and punting duties.[4]


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