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Dave Kocourek 1955

Dave Kocourek 

During his childhood, Dave Kocourek lived in a basement apartment and attended Hiawatha Elementary School. He graduated from Morton East in 1955. At Morton, Kocourek won 14 varsity letters in football, basketball and track. In 1955, Kocourek was All-State in football and basketball. In basketball, he was the second-leading scorer (15.7 ppg) in the Suburban League. In track, his skill earned him the nickname “can’t catch em Kocourek”. In 1955, he was one of only 50 All-American Scholars in the entire country.

In college, Kocourek played football and basketball at the University of Wisconsin.

He played professional football with the San Diego Chargers from 1960 through 1965, for the Miami Dolphins in 1966, and with the Oakland Raiders in 1967 and ‘68. During his career, Kocourek played in 4 Pro Bowls and the 1968 Super Bowl (II) with the Oakland Raiders. Kocourek also played in seven AFL Championship Games, which is the now-defunct league’s record.

He died in 2013.

Right after Super Bowl 50, Morton received a golden football from the NFL. This football was sent to the high school of all athletes who played in a Super Bowl. You can see the football in the Morton East principal's office today.