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Frank Kirkleski

Football (Inducted: 2001-02)


Frank  Kirkleski

Frank Kirkleski '27 was known as one of the hardest-hitting backfield men in the game during his four years as a part of the Lafayette football program. A four-year varsity halfback, he made an impressionable mark during his freshman season when he shocked archrival Lehigh with a run that gave the Leopards a 13-3 last minute victory in 1923.

"Kirk" became a scoring threat during his sophomore year as he helped guide Lafayette to a 7-2 record. Perhaps the most memorable season came in his final year when the Leopards captured their third National Championship with an undefeated 9-0 record. Some might say a highlight of his career might have been that his team only allowed Lehigh to score three points in his four years at Lafayette. Regardless, Kirkleski is remembered as an integral part of a proud era in Lafayette football in which they remained undefeated at home for seven consecutive seasons. A team captain his senior season, Lafayette compiled a record of 29-4-3 during his career.