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Walter Zirinsky

Football (Inducted: 1976-77)


Walter  Zirinsky

Walter Zirinsky was one of the most versatile athletes ever to play football for the Leopards. He was an outstanding half back, punter, place kicker and sometime passer. He had endless ways of beating the opposition.

In a 26-7 victory over Muhlenberg in 1940, Zirinsky rushed for two touchdowns, added the extra points and booted two field goals. The following year, he boomed five punts against the Mules for 54.7 yd. average, which still remains a single game record. In a 46-0 rout of Lehigh in 1940, he scored three touchdowns, kicked three extra points and passed for a fourth score. The whitewash concluded Lafayette's last undefeated season. Earlier that year, he played perhaps his greatest game against Army. Zirinsky scored the first touchdown and returned an interception 35 yards for the last in a 19-0 shutout of the Cadets. Zirinsky also captained the Leopard basketball team and was a star baseball player.