Despite playing on losing squads at The University of Akron from 1950-52, Joe Mazzaferro became the first Zip football player to be named to the All-Ohio or All-Ohio Conference squads three consecutive seasons. Despite his slight size – 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Mazzaferro was a 2-way standout, starting at guard and linebacker, earning him the nickname of the Minerva Mauler. He was the team co-captain in 1951 and ’52 and was named outstanding lineman each season. Indicative of his stellar performance in a losing effort was a 1951 game against Kent State. Though the Zips lost 34-14, Mazzaferro made 21 tackles – a school record that still stands. He made 93 tackles that season, a record that stood until 1975. Mazzaferro also was a 3-year letterman in baseball at Akron U, batting .349 for his college career. He was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.