This East High graduate played a lot of semi-pro ball for such clubs as DeWitt-Hall Motors, Orient A.C., Welch A. C. and Ellet merchants before going with the South Akron Awnings and coach Bill Klein. Del ran, passed and kicked the Awnings to 40 victories and a tie in 46 games between 1937 through '41. He was instrumental in winning state and Midwest championships in both 1939 and '40. Fessler was the master of the quick kick and an accurate field goal kicker. A back injury in 1941 ended his playing days.