- Tom Sestak
April 3, 1987
Honors=Buffalo Bills WOF
Awards=All-Time All-AFL Team
AFLAllStar= 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
Thomas Joseph Sestak (
March 9, 1936- April 3, 1987) was an American football defensive linemanfor the Buffalo Billsof the American Football League.
In 1962, the Bills drafted Sestak as a tight end in the 17th round from
McNeese State University. Sestak would never play that position for the Bills, but instead became one of the league's greatest defensive tackles. At 6-4, he had the size, speed and strength to handle any offensive lineman.
Sestak was a starter in his rookie year and, until a series of knee injuries ended his career after the 1967 season,used his strength to dominate the line of scrimmage. A three-time selection to All-American Football League teams, Sestak served as the cornerstone of a defense that took the Bills to consecutive AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. Twice during his outstanding career he realized the defensive lineman's "dream", returning interceptions for touchdowns, and once returned a recovered fumble for a score.
His teammates described his play as "crazy as hell".
In January 1970, Sestak was selected as a member of the All-Time All-AFL Team.
Tom Sestak died of a heart attack in 1987.
* [http://www.conigliofamily.com/Bills.htm#TOMSESTAK Sestak's citation on the AFL Hall of Fame site]
* [http://www.conigliofamily.com/AFLAllTimeTeam.htm American Football League All-time Team]
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