and professional football player
Veryl Switzer was born in
Nicodemus, Kansas, in 1932. He attended and
played football at nearby Bogue High School
before continuing his education (and football
career) at Kansas State University.
Switzer lettered three years in
football and track at K-State, in the 1951, 1952,
and 1953 seasons, and was named to the All-Big
Seven football team all three years. He was a
second-team All-American in 1951 and 1952, and a
first-team All-American in his senior year. In
his senior year at K-State, Switzer led the
nation in punt returns with an average of 31.0
yards per return. In 1954, he co-captained the
West team in the East/West Shrine Bowl, and was
runner-up for MVP of the game. Switzer's college
athletic success wasn't limited to the football
field, however, as he was also the Big Seven
indoor long jump champion in 1952.
The fourth player selected in
the NFL draft in 1954, Switzer played two seasons
with the Green Bay Packers before joining the Air
Force in 1956 (where he stayed until 1958). In
his rookie year he led the NFL in punt returns
with an average of 13.0 yards per return.
Switzer played three seasons in
the Canadian Football League before retiring from
Returning to his college alma
mater after leaving the professional football
arena, Switzer served as Associate Dean and
Assistant Vice President for Minority Affairs
from 1973 to 1988, as chairman of the
Intercollegiate Athletics Department from 1978 to
1988, and in a variety of other administrative
positions until retiring in 1999.
Switzer has been inducted into
the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (1990), the Kansas
State High School Athletic Association Hall of
Fame, and the K-State Sports Hall of Fame.
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