Year Inducted: 1973
Nominated By: Mike Leonard
Sports Competed In: Baseball, Boxing, Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete

Gary L. Knaflec

High School:
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1950.

Achievements:
High School:
● Won 10 letters playing several sports over four years (1945-50) for the Wildcats.
● Top-flight Golden Gloves boxer in high school.

College:
Attended the University of Colorado, where he graduated in 1954.

Achievements:
College:
● Earned three letters in football.
● Member of the Buffaloes football team, playing four seasons (1950-53) at wide receiver/defensive end.
● Averaged 57 minutes per game his senior year.
● Named All-Big 7 and All-American in 1953.
● Played in East-West Shrine and College All-Star games.

Achievements:
Professional Football:
● Drafted in 1954 in the second round by Chicago Cardinals and released because of a severe hamstring injury.
● Picked up by the Green Bay Packers where he played for eight seasons (1955-62).
● Appeared in four Western Conference Championships and three World Championship games.
● Played on the World Championship Green Bay Packers Team in 1961 and 1962.
● The only player on the Packers team, to be carried off the City Stadium (or Lambeau Field) by fans after catching a pass from Tobin Rote in the final minute to beat Detroit 20-17 in the 1955 opener.
● Finished career as the Packers’ eighth on all-time receiving list.
● Played final season (1963) as a tight end with the San Francisco 49ers.

Occupation:
● Professional football player.
● Served as the pubic address announcer at all the home games of the Green Bay Packers for the last 40+ years.
● An officer in three corporations in Green Bay.

Personal:
Lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife, Emily.

Photo of Knaflec courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.


GPSA "K" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

 1
Athlete
Victor "Vic" Ford Keen (2016)

Attended First GPSA Meeting.
Loren Kilstofte (2003*>)

Attended H.S. in Colorado
Jerry H. "Kerz" Kersey (2008*p)
Rye H.S., Rye, CO

Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S.
Joseph "George" Kaplan (2014)

Attended Pueblo West H.S.
Christie "Zinanti" Koschke (2020)

Golf
Christie "Zinanti" Koschke (2020)

Softball
Christie "Zinanti" Koschke (2020)

Swimming
David S. Knapp (1988)

Wrestling
Karl Frederick Kottenstette (2019)

 2
Athlete/Coach/Official
Karl Frederick Kottenstette (2019)
Kirk E. Kochenberger (2010)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
Charles Allen Kochenberger (2001)
David S. Knapp (1988)

Baseball
Joseph "George" Kaplan (2014)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

Boxing
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

Coach/Administrator
John LeGrand Klomp (2014)
Willard Stanley Kettering (1978)

Contributor
Rocky Khosla, M.D. (2020)
Loren H. Kilstofte (2003*>)

GPSA Charter Member
Thomas E. Keach (1973+)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

Track
Victor "Vic" Ford Keen (2016)
Thomas E. "Tom" Keach (1973+)

 

3
Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
John LeGrand Klomp (2014)
Wesleyville H.S., Wesleyville, PA
Loren H. Kilstofte (2003*>)
Winona H.S., Winona, MN
Willard Stanley Kettering (1978)
Lisbon H.S., Lisbon, IA

4
Honorees Deceased
Jerry H. "Kerz" Kersey (2008*)
Loren H. Kilstofte (2003*>)
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
Willard Stanley Kettering (1978*)

 

5
Basketball
Christie "Zinanti" Koschke (2020)
Victor "Vic" Ford Keen (2016)
Kirk E. Kochenberger (2010)
Jerry H. "Kerz" Kersey (2008*p)
Charles Allen Kochenberger (2001)

Athlete/Coach
Joseph "George" Kaplan (2014)
Charles Allen Kochenberger (2001)
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
David S. Knapp (1988)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

 

 6
Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Karl Frederick Kottenstette (2019)
Victor "Vic" Ford Keen (2016)
Kirk E. Kochenberger (2010)
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
Thomas E. "Tom" Keach (1973+)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

Football
Karl Frederick Kottenstette (2019)
Joseph "George" Kaplan (2014)
John LeGrand Klomp (2014)
Kirk E. Kochenberger (2010)
Jerry H. "Kerz" Kersey (2008*p)
Prince Knafelc (1988*)
Gary L. Knafelc (1973+)

 

16
Honorees in "K" Section

Remembering Our Fallen GPSA Inductees

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2022 induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

 

Dennis TrujilloDennis Trujillo
11/28/2022
Class of 2007