Veryl Switzer

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Digital Media 1

In 1932 in Nicodemus, Kansas, Veryl Switzer came to life. This talented pro football player is a well deserved candidate for me to create a Black History month celebration/informative poster on. All the information relevant information and main imagery I want for him and my other two choices are in a previous blog, but I’ll sum it up again.

Unlike both Gales Sayers and Lynette Woodard, Veryl Switzer was not born in Wichita, Kansas, but in Nicodemus, Kansas. He did both football and track at Bogue High School. He received 3 All-American honors as both running back and defensive back for Kansas State University (another thing he does not have in common with Gales Sayers and Lynette Woodard). Veryl Switzer became the highest draft pick from Kansas State University in 1954 when he was selected to play for the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of NFL draft picks.

Veryl Switzer stayed with the Green Bay Packers for two years before leaving to serve in the U.S. Air Force. After his service he played for three years on Canadian football teams. He played one year with the Calgary Stampeders and two years with Montreal Alouettes. He returned to Chicago to serve on the Chicago Board of Education for ten years.

In 1969, Veryl Switzer returned in administrative capacity to Kansas State University. He held positions in both academic and athletic departments. After he retired, he purchased land outside of Nicodemus in 1961. In 2009, Veryl Switzer Back to History Camp was established, where kids who attend the camp spend a week visiting Kansas State University and a week visiting Nicodemus.


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