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KITTI'S KORNER: George Andrie (1962-1972)

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Although he was not a product of a "powerhouse" college program, George Andrie was a stellar two way football player at Marquette University. During his two varsity seasons (Marquette dropped football before his senior year) Andrie lead the team in receiving both years as a tight end, and in tackles as a defensive lineman. Despite losing a full season, and what would likely have been the best one of his collegiate career George was honored with induction into the Marquette University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Missing out on his senior year didn't prevent Andrie from being considered as a professional draft prospect. During the 1962 NFL Draft, he was selected in the sixth round (82nd overall) by the Dallas Cowboys. George became an immediate starter for the team and was named to the NFL All Rookie team. It was the first of many honors that he would garner. At 6' 6" and 250 pounds he was, for his era, an imposing defensive lineman. In fact, it could be said that George Andrie was too tall before "Too Tall". Like Ed Jones, he excelled at knocking down passes. A key part of the Doomsday I Defense Andrie was almost unmovable as a run defender but he was also quite athletic and could get after the QB as well.

George Andrie was one of those guys who had the tendency to come up big on the bigger stages. During the infamous Ice Bowl he returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown and during Super Bowl V he knocked legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas out of the game during the second quarter. Prior to that, Andrie had picked off John Brodie, the 49ers star quarterback, during the NFC Championship Game to set up the teams trip to the big game. He was, by all accounts, a clutch player. Sadly, by this time, a back injury had taken its toll; after the 1972 season George Andrie was forced to retire from the game.

During his 11 years as a Dallas Cowboy, he earned five sucessive trips to the Pro Bowl and was once named first team All Pro. George also earn second team All Pro three times. Over the course of his tenure, he recorded 97 career sacks (unofficial) which ranks him 5th all time in team history. Often overshadowed by his good friend and teammate Bob Lilly, George Andrie was, none the less, a vital part in establishing the first Doomsday Defense.

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