PHILADELPHIA - One of the greatest Penn Footballers to wear the Red and Blue, four-time All-American and College Football Hall of Famer, Dr. George Savitsky passed away on Sept. 4 at the age of 88.
When Savitsky was honored with his fourth All-America selection in 1947, he became the first to accomplish the feat since 1901. As the only player ever selected to the Shrine East-West Game three times, Savitsky was a standout for the Quakers from 1944-47 - arguably the greatest stretch in program history.
Savitsky was a tackle on the 1945 team that finished 6-2 and No. 10 in the nation, as well as the 1946 team (6-2) that finished 13th in the final Associated Press poll. But Savitsky's senior year is still remarked by many as the greatest season in program history. The Quakers finished 7-0-1 and finished the year ranked 7th in the nation - which still stands as the program's highest finish of all-time.
Savitsky, who went on to play for two NFL championship teams during his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, was drafted in the fifth round of the 1947 NFL draft. After his stint in professional football, he studied at Penn's School of Dental Medicine and went on to become a doctor of dental surgery and an oral surgeon.
Savistsky was also a member of the track and field and wrestling teams at Penn and served a stint as manager of the basketball team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991 and was also a member of the second class to be inducted into the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame (1998).