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Former New York Giants Player, Coach John Dell Isola Dead At 74

October 22, 1986

ARLINGTON, Mass. (AP) _ John Dell Isola, a former All Pro football player for the New York Giants and later a coach, has died at age 74.

Dell Isola, who lived in Wakefield, died Tuesday at Symmes Hospital.

The Everett native played all 11 positions for the Everett High School football team between 1927 and 1929. He went to Fordham University where he was fullback during as a freshman and for one game as a sophomore. He was switched to center when all three regular centers were injured, and became one of Fordham’s ″seven blocks of granite,″ the offensive line.

He won All American honors as a senior and was inducted into the university’s Football Hall of Fame.

Dell Isola played for the Giants in the National Football League from 1934 to 1940, most of the time with a separated shoulder. He won All League guard honors in 1939 and was named to five All Pro teams.

He retired as a player in 1941, served on the coaching staff at Dartmouth College, and in 1943 became coach of the old Boston Yanks. He moved with the team to Baltimore where it became the Colts.

He later became assistant coach of the Giants and went on to coach the New York Titans, now the New York Jets, in the American Football League.

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