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Old 04-12-2017, 11:14 AM
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Default Triva: 1st ever Peorian to be selected in NFL draft


The first ever NFL draft was held in 1936

Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th rd (57th player taken) of that draft was End Marty Peters- a Peoria native who had been a HS star at Peoria Spalding Institute.

Peters was a starting end on the University Notre Dame football team.
He was also a co-captain of the 1935-36 ND basketball team that was be named "Helms Foundation National Champions' in those pre NCAA Tournament years.

Peters did not turn pro. instead Marty decided for a life in coaching. He became the head coach at St Teresa in Decatur-coaching the basketball team to the State of Illinois Catholic Championship & an invitation to the National Catholic HS Tourney.

That National Tourney was a big deal for a long time- the first ever winner of that Tournament was Peoria Spalding in 1924

After a year at St Teresa's, Peters became the longtime head football coach at St Benedicts College in Atchison KS

An aside, Peters had been selected in the '36 NFL draft before his fellow starting end on the Irish squad-Wayne Millner (selected by the Boston Redskins with the 65th pick- 8 after Marty had been chosen).

Millner did decide to give pro football a try- and would end up being one of a small group that has been inducted over the years into both the College Football AND Pro Football Halls of Fame
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Old 04-12-2017, 11:35 AM
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Default more Peoria/Marty Peters related trivia

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Marty Peters broke into the Notre Dame basketball starting lineup as a sophomore in 1933 as a Forward. The other starting forward on that ND 1933-34 team was a senior named Joe Voegele-also a graduate of Spalding Institute.

Voegele's son would later play basketball for Bradley in the 1950s

Also among Peter's ND basketball teammates were

Ray Meyers- later the legendary coach at DePaul(who replaced Peters as captain at ND after Marty graduated)

George Ireland, who coached Chicago Loyola to the 1963 National Championship

Johnny Jordan-longtime basketball coach at Notre Dame

The 1924 Spalding Institute team that won the Catholic National Basketball Tournament was led by Tony Lawless

Peoria native Lawless later became the longtime coach at Fenwick in Chicago, leading Fenwick to numerous Chicago Prep Bowl titles & coaching a Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lattner
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Old 04-13-2017, 01:48 PM
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I was 4 years ahead of the younger Joe Voegele at St. Joseph grade school in Peoria,but he was on our school team though only in the 5th grade.
What part of illegal don't you understand?
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Old 04-15-2017, 09:07 PM
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My dad was classmate of Joe Sr. at SI. Played against young Joe in grade school and was bb team mate at SI. Great player.
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