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September 23, 2012

Line Mountain names field for Glenn Ressler

MANDATA —  It was a homecoming like no other for Glenn Ressler, a 1961 graduate of Mahanoy Joint High School, long since renamed Line Mountain Junior/Senior High School: the football field now bears his name.

“This is awesome! It’s really been thrilling for me to have this honor,” Ressler said just before the ceremony renaming the facility Eagle Stadium, Glenn Ressler Field before Line Mountain’s homecoming game Saturday night.

Ressler was chosen for the honor given his acclaimed football career that spans high school to the Super Bowl, said Dave Campbell, Line Mountain School District superintendent. Campbell presented Ressler with an eagle statue to commemorate the event.

“It’s great to be back here and remember my own times on the field,” Ressler said.

Ressler, who hails from near Leck Kill, began his football career as a lineman for Coach Clyde Miller and the Mahanoy Joint Bruins. He went on to Penn State where he was an offensive and defensive lineman under Coach Rip Engle, earning honors such as being named the nation’s top college lineman by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association and earning the Maxwell Award. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Ressler joined the Baltimore Colts as an offensive guard after being chosen in the 1965 NFL draft. He played 10 seasons with the Colts and legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas, including the 1969 Super Bowl V team that beat the Dallas Cowboys.

Ressler was joined at the ceremony with his wife, Sandy. The couple lives in Mechanicsburg.

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