Beauty and Gridiron Greats of Northeast Pennsylvania

Northeast Pennsylvania has been in the news in recent years mostly as spawning grounds for political masters Frank Carlucci, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. NEPA’s Luzerne County apparently also gave Donald Trump his presidential victory. The region is known for sheltering criminal figures such as Russell Bufalino as well.  And now a NEPA person of interest has been named in the Idaho quadruple murders. 

But it’s Happy New Year 2023!  Let’s remember some of the beauty the region has contributed, and with football playoff fever in the air—NEPA’s gridiron greats:

Walt Michaels, Lineman Packers, Browns, Jets. Coach Oakland Raiders, Jets, Eagles (Swoyersville, Pennsylvania)


Lou Michaels (Walt’s brother), Defensive Lineman, Rams, Steelers, Colts and Packers (Swoyersville, Pennsylvania)


Notre Dame Quarterback John Mazur (no relation), also Patriots, Jets Coach (Plymouth, Pennsylvania)

Note:  Uncle Julian “Chet” Martin reports that in the 1947 championship game between Plymouth and Larksville, which Larksville won, “Johnny” Mazur was intercepted three times by “Johnny” Martin—Chet’s brother/my uncle—who went on to play center at North Carolina State.  

Cover Girl Dolores Mazur Katsak/”Karen Lewis” (cousin Dolores) (Plains, Pennsylvania)
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New York Model Pauline Mazur/”Cass Stevens” (Aunt Polly) (Larksville, Pennsylvania)
Jimmy Cefalo
Jimmy Cefalo, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins (Pittston, Pennsylvania)


Joe Pisarcik
Giants Quarterback Joe Pisarcik (Hanover, Pennsylvania)


Suzan Mazur, April 1976 Royal Tehran Hilton runway wearing Giorgio' Sant Angelo-2
Author, journalist, former runway fashion model Suzan Mazur, Royal Tehran Hilton, April 1976. Iran’s Queen Mother, Farida Diba, first row–far right; Mrs. Richard Helms, 3rd from right. (Plymouth, Pennsylvania)


Bob Tucker
Giants and Vikings Tight End Bob Tucker (Hazleton, Pennsylvania)


Mark Glowinski
Giants Offensive Guard Mark Glowinski (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)


Tom Woodeshick
Eagles, Cardinals Rusher Tom Woodeshick (Hanover, Pennsylvania)
Harry Hamilton
Jets, Buccaneers Safety Harry Hamilton (Nanticoke, Pennsylvania)
Greg Manusky
Linebacker Greg Manusky, Redskins, Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and Vikings Coach (Dallas, Pennsylvania)
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Chuck Sieminski, Defensive Tackle, 49ers, Falcons, Lions (Swoyersville, Pennsylvania)

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