Name John Babinecz
High school: Central Catholic
|Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)|
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
|Date of birth: (1950-07-27) July 27, 1950 (age 65)|
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John Babinecz: Football Linebacker
John Babinecz (born July 27, 1950) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers and Chicago Bears. He played college football at Villanova University.
- John Babinecz Football Linebacker
- Early years
- Dallas Cowboys
- Houston Oilers
- Chicago Bears
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Atlanta Falcons
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL
- Personal life
Babinecz attended Central Catholic High School where he played as a tight end and linebacker, receiving All-Catholic honors in his last two years. He also was the State Catholic champion in the shot put.
He accepted a football scholarship from Villanova University, where he became a three-year starter and a three-time All-East selection at middle linebacker. In 2003, the school retired his #64 jersey.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Babinecz in the second round (39th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played on special teams in all 14 games.
In 1973, he played on special teams, while backing up Dave Edwards and D. D. Lewis at outside linebacker. He suffered a broken hand during training camp that slowed his progress and also missed 2 regular season games with a pulled back muscle. He was placed on injured waivers before the start of the 1974 season.
Babinecz was claimed by the Houston Oilers and spent the 1974 season on the injured reserve list. He was released on September 15, 1975 season.
On September 16, 1975, he was claimed by the Chicago Bears where he had reserve role during the season and played out his option.
On June 29, 1976, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent, but was waived on August 2.
On August 10, 1976, he was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons, but was released before the start of the season.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)
In 1976, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was cut on August 28, 1977.
Babinecz currently works as a pediatrician.