Born: December 10, 1934 (Bulverde, Texas)
Died: February 5, 2014 (New Braunfels, Texas)
Vern Uecker (pronounced EHK-er) played four games at guard for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1957. He suffered a concussion and was released by the team to remain within the import limit, missing on Winnipeg’s climb to the Grey Cup final.
The 5-foot-11. 215-pound right guard grew up in New Braunfels, Tex., where he earned a football scholarship to Texas Christian University. He played in the 1956 and ’57 Cotton Bowls with the Horned Frogs, helping to defeat Syracuse 28-27 in the New Year’s Day game in 1957.
Uecker signed with the Bombers in March, 1957.
On Sept. 14, 1957, he blocked a convert in Winnipeg’s 40-13 defeat of the Stampeders in Calgary. He suffered a mild concussion in the game.
The Bombers cut Uecker after just four games as they did want to use one of their import slots for an injured player. In his brief foray into Canadian football, he also had an unlikely kick return of 15 yards.
Uecker graduated with a business degree and worked in the insurance industry in his native Texas.
In 1986, he was inducted into the Texas Christian University Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame.