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Jack Hecker - Courtesy BGSU An All-American at end, Jack Hecker captained Doyt Perry's first Falcon team in 1955. That season, the Olmsted Falls native led the team in receiving for the second straight year, and earned All-MAC and All-Ohio honors for the second time as well. Following the season, he became the first Falcon to play in the Blue-Gray Game. He finished his career with 1,081 receiving yards, just the second Falcon to surpass the thousand-yard mark, just 260 yards behind former teammate Jim Ladd for the BG career mark. His 20.8 yards per reception remains a Bowling Green record. He suffered a concussion in the 1955 season finale against Miami(OH) and was forced to sit out the second half. The Redskins won the game 7-0, handing the Falcons their only loss on the season and denying them the MAC title.

Hecker also received letters in basketball and track, playing on the 1953-54 team that Harold Anderson led back to the NIT at Madison Square Garden. Drafted in the ninth round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, he was the last player cut at training camp, as he "didn't have the size or speed to make it," Hecker recalled.

Jack Hecker - Courtesy BGSU He returned to Bowling Green that fall, serving as a graduate assistant under Perry while working toward his master's degree, which he received in 1957. A business major in college, Hecker gives Perry credit for a change in his career path.

"He was truly a great coach," Hecker said. "In fact, he had such an influence on my life that I pursued the coaching profession as a result of him."

He worked as a high school coach in Perrysburg and Mentor before taking assistant coaching jobs at the college level at Toledo, Miami (OH) and eventually Army. He coached at Army for 23 years, including seven from 1983-1990 with former Falcon Jim Young. Hecker retired from that job in 1999 after working 42 years on the college football sidelines.

He was inducted to the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 1964.

(Taken from the October 24, 1964 BG football game program.)
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