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John F. Wiley
Wiley on a 1948 Bowman football card
|Born||(1920-04-18)April 18, 1920
Wind Ridge, Pennsylvania
|Died||March 25, 2013(2013-03-25) (aged 92)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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John Franklin "Smiling Jack" Wiley (April 18, 1920 – March 25, 2013) was an American football player and coach.
Wiley played tackle for Waynesburg College and appeared in the first televised game in U.S. history against Fordham at Randalls Island, New York. He took a break from football as he served in the Army during World War II, rising to the rank of captain.
After World War II, Wiley played for the Steelers and coaches Jock Sutherland and John Michelosen from 1946 to 1950, and he was remembered by team chairman Dan Rooney as contributing to one of the team's most successful pre-Super Bowl periods.
Wiley left Waynesburg to become an assistant at Pitt, where he is credited with recruiting Mike Ditka and Marty Schottenheimer. He left coaching in 1961 to become a salesman and later regional manager for the L.G. Balfour Jewelry & Taylor Publishing Company.
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