Football position switch changed everything for Czub – New York News

CLIFTON PARK — Bob Czub was a below-average running back. Mostly, that was because he was slow.

Everyone knew that, including him.

“I’d joke that other guys could spot me five yards,” Czub said, “and they’d be by me in 10.”

That’s why when his football coach approached him with a question during his junior year at Nott Terrace High School — this is 65 years ago, by the way — about whether Czub would switch positions, his reaction came quicker than he could run.   

“I didn’t have to consider it,” Czub, now 81 years old, remembered this past week. “I didn’t want to sit out. I wanted to play.”

So, at coach Pete Shulha’s request, Czub moved from a position of glory to the team’s offensive line. The subpar running back became a guard.

As Czub sees it, that decision changed everything for him. 

“That was a turning point in my athletic career,” Czub said, “but really my whole life.”

Saturday night, Czub enters the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame along with 19 other inductees during a ceremony at the Radisson Turf Inn in Albany. Long before his latest hall of fame induction — he’s already a member of the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame, and the undefeated 1953 team he co-captained was also honored last year — he’d already reaped the rewards of his decision as a teenager to listen to his coach.

Rather than getting a couple carries here or there, Czub became an All-American guard in addition to his role as a linebacker. The coach, impressed both with Czub’s willingness to try something new and ability, took extra interest in…

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