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Lee Gissendaner

Stow High School graduate Lee Gissendaner has excelled on gridirons around the world. He played for the suburban Akron school, in the Big Ten, the Canadian Football League, and the World Football League. As a wide receiver and punt return specialist at Northwestern University from 1990 to 1993, he was selected Big Ten Most Valuable Player as a junior. Gissendaner finished first in the nation that year with a 21.8 yard punt return average. In pass receptions, he led the Big Ten with 846 yards on 68 catches. With a great display of versatility that year, Gissendaner scored six touchdowns on pass receptions, one rushing, one on a punt return and one on a kickoff return. In each of four games that season, he had more than 100 yards in receiving. Gissendaner lettered four years at the Evanston, Illinois university where he is the school’s all-time punt return leader, averaging nearly 15 yards, and is second in career receptions. Northwestern coach, Gary Barnett said, “Lee Gissendaner represents everything a football coach wants a football player to be. He’s the type of player who makes everyone around him better.” Following graduation he played for the Toronto Argonauts and was a member of the World League champion Scottish Claymores in 1966. He now works as a scout for the Green Bay Packers in a combine with 10 other NFL teams. Lee joins his father, 1991 inductee Fred Gissendaner, in the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1999 | Football