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Peter W. Augsburger

As a young man Pete Augsburger spurned offers from 12 professional football teams in 1954 – an unheard of proposition today – to enter the world of business. He knew he could earn more than the $3,000 annual salary pros were making at that time. His play at the University of Maryland as a tight end earned him Honorable Mention All-American honors and helped the team in two Gator Bowl wins. He lettered three years in football and two years in track, heaving both the shot put and discus. His experience in the shot would prove extremely helpful nearly 40 years later when Pete began his senior competition. Beginning in 1990, Pete has won 15 straight Ohio state senior titles in the shot put. His last title in the 70-74 age group was garnered at The University of Akron this past July and he isn’t ready to hang it up just yet. He will compete next June at the National Senior Olympic Games in Pittsburgh, the eighth time he will have been a competitor at the Nationals. Currently the 74 year-old is ranked fourth nationally in his age bracket in both indoor and outdoor shot put. In a recent Cincinnati Enquirer article Pete said, “I think it's fun, and I’m fortunate that I’m still able to do it. Shot put keeps me in shape and working out on a consistent basis.” He then added, “And I’m beating the age decline while I’m doing it.” His personal best in the senior events is just less than 41 feet with a 9-pound shot. Asked what he did with all his medals, Pete, who hopes to continue to add to his collection, said, “I parcel them out to my 17 grandchildren. Pete is retired and lives in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Nancy.

Inducted 2004 | Football, Track & Field