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Del Bjork
Bjork, 1935, University of Oregon
Born (1914-06-27)June 27, 1914
Deep River, Washington
Died August 26, 1988(1988-08-26) (aged 74)
Astoria, Oregon

Delbert Leonard "Del" Bjork (June 27, 1914 – August 26, 1988) was a professional American football tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He played two seasons for the Chicago Bears (1937–1938).[1]

Bjork was born in Deep River, Washington and grew up in Astoria, Oregon. He played football for Astoria High School[2] and then for at the University of Oregon from 1934 to 1936. On September 1, 1937, Bjork played with the College All-Stars against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field in Chicago.[3] The All-Stars won that game 6–0. After receiving his BS in physical education from the University of Oregon in 1937 he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round.[4] In 1940 Bjork earned an MS in education from the University of Oregon. He then went on to have a successful career in the military.[4]

Bjork was awarded the Purple Heart with oak leaf clusters in 1944.[5] As a captain he was recognized with the Distinguished Service Cross for his World War II service.[6] After the war he continued his career in the military earning the rank of colonel and was published in Military Review in 1951.[7]

Bjork was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.[8]


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