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Don Panciera, American football player (New York Yankees, Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals) died he was 84

Donald Matthew Panciera  was an American football quarterback, halfback, and defensive back in the All-America Football Conference and the National Football League. He played for the New York Yankees (AAFC), the Detroit Lions, and the Chicago Cardinals. He played college football for the Boston College Eagles and the San Francisco Dons.

(June 23, 1927 – February 9, 2012)

High school football

He was a two time first-team All-State quarterback honors for La Salle Academy
in 1944 and 1945  died he was 84. He quarterbacked La Salle teams to some of the
school’s greatest seasons. As a senior in 1945 he led the Maroon to an
undefeated season and a trip to New Orleans for a special high school bowl game at Tulane Stadium.

College football

He was a starting quarterback for Boston College and the University of San Francisco.

Pro football

Despite being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 4th Round of the 1949 NFL Draft, Panciera joined the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference.
In 12 games, he completed 51 of 150 passes for 5 touchdowns and 16
interceptions. The conference folded after the 1949 season, so in 1950
Panciera played defensive back for the Detroit Lions, recording 1 interception in 4 games. In 1952 he joined the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. In 8 games he completed 35 of 96 passes for 582 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. In 1953 he joined the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Rugby Union, but appeared in only 1 game.

After Football

After his playing days he served as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton for three years and Boston College for a year. In 1960 he began working for General Motors in New England area and in 1970 was awarded a GM dealership in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

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