Famous SNC Athletes, According to Wikipedia


Everyone knows how magical Wikipedia can be. The fact that anyone can contribute to it provides valuable enjoyment, or failure if you use it as a resource on a term paper. But have you ever looked for St. Norbert College on Wikipedia? I have. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find a section of notable alumni. If you look carefully, you will find some athletes. Too lazy to look? Lucky for you, here is a list of notable, athletic SNC alumni, according to Wikipedia. 

Gerald Raphael “Tip” O’Neill 

Tip was born in 1898 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He attended St. Norbert College, as well as University of Detroit – Mercy. According to Wikipedia, he played for the Dayton Triangles in 1922 as a wingback. NFL.com could only provide one stat for Tip: 1 touchdown. Tip lived to be 86, and likely never forgot that one touchdown (not according to Wikipedia, I am assuming here.)

Vernon Biever

Born Vernon Joseph Biever in 1923 in Port Washington, Wis, Biever was never an actual athlete. Yet he was quite relevant to the Green Bay Packers. While still a student at SNC, Biever began taking pictures of the Packers in 1941, according to Wikipedia. After a stint in the Army during World War II and some side jobs, Biever became the official team photographer for the Packers. From 1946 until 2006, Biever took stunning pictures of the Packers. His son and grandson are now photographers for the Packers. 

Theodore Edward Fritsch, Jr. 

Commonly known as Ted, according to Wikipedia, Fritsch, Jr. was born in 1950 in Green Bay. In the late 1960’s, Fritsch, Jr. played center for the Green Knights. While his father played for the Packers, Fritsch, Jr. played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Washington Redskins. According to NFL.com, and Wikipedia, Fritsch, Jr. played 105 games in his NFL career. 

Larry Krause

Krause’s Wikipedia is much shorter than those listed before him here. He was born in 1948 and played football for SNC, likely as a running back according to Wikipedia. Krause entered the NFL draft in 1970 and was picked up by the Packers. He played for them until 1974. Again, Wikipedia had very little for him. But, he likely played with Fritsch during his time at St. Norbert. 

Joe LaFleur

Born as Harry Joseph LaFleur in 1898, LaFleur played football for St. Norbert and Marquette University. LaFleur then played for the Chicago Bears from 1922 to 1924. To be honest, Wikipedia had even less for LaFleur than Krause. 

At this point, if you have not looked at the Wikipedia page I am referencing, you will notice there are not many athletes here. Well, let me tell you a secret. I have run out of famous athletes from St. Norbert. Wikipedia has come short on this one for me. I am disappointed, but not shocked. As we all know, SNC has a strong history of great athletic teams and individual athletes. So if you know about athletes who continued playing their sport, update Wikipedia. Or, let us know on Twitter: @SNCSportSection.

DISCLAIMER: Yes, we know all of these athletes are football players. For the context of this article, we chose to focus solely on the ones featured on the St. Norbert College Wikipedia page. We do not think any less of other athletes in any sport and did not exclude anyone based on our one-site research. 


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