An outstanding football player and honor student at Springfield High School, he entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. Before he had finished at Penn in 1954 he had played tackle for the Red and Blue against such teams as Ohio State, Navy, Michigan, Notre Dame, Army and Penn State and at 6-1 205 pounds, he was outweighed in 27 of the 28 games he started for the Quakers. Also cited by the Football Writers' Association, he was picked on the All-America team for Look Magazine. He received such other honors as All-East in both 1952 and 1953, and the All Ivy League team both of those years. He finished his football playing days with the Army All-Stars in Japan.