At 6'3" and 200 pounds he played for coach less Clinton High before entering Lafayette College in 1921. Deibel was a four-year starter on varsities coached by Jock Sutherland which lost only five games. He captained the 1924 team, gaining first-team All-American honors at tackle on Walter Camp’s honor roll. Lafayette over a two-year span won 17 straight games, defeating teams like Pittsburgh (twice), Rutgers, Pennsylvania and Boston College. Deibel later played professional football with and captained the Canton Bulldogs.