Former UK football player Harry Ulinski dies at 83


Former UK football player Harry Ulinski died in Louisville on Sunday. He was 83.

Ulinski, whose jersey is retired in Commonwealth Stadium, played center and linebacker at UK from 1946-49 under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and is a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Ambridge, Pa., native was a member of the first UK team to win a bowl game, the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl. Ulinski also played in the 1949 Orange Bowl for UK. He was a 1949 first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and played in the 1950 College All-Star Game.

Ulinski spent six seasons playing for the NFL’s Washington Redskins and made the All-Pro team once. He finished his career in the Canadian Football League.

A veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, Ulinski is survived by his wife, Ann; two children, Victoria Messersmith and Chris Ulinski; and six grandchildren. Ulinski’s grandson, Dave Ulinski, was a standout offensive lineman at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville and was a member of UK’s 2008 recruiting class.

Visitation is today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Foreman Funeral Home on Taylorsville Road in Louisville. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Unitarian Church in Louisville.

Compiled from UK Athletics Reports