Friday, November 17, 2006
Contact: Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations (304) 746-2038

Frank ‘Gunner’ Gatski Memorial Bridge to be dedicated Saturday at UTEP-Marshall game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – During Marshall University’s 4:30 p.m. home football game with UTEP on Saturday, Nov. 18, one of the signs for the Frank “Gunner” Gatski Memorial Bridge will be unveiled.

Formerly the East Huntington Bridge, this familiar sight from areas within Joan C. Edwards Stadium connects Huntington, W.Va., with Proctorville, Ohio via 29th Street.

The sign will be unveiled by members of Gatski’s family and West Virginia legislators who sponsored the resolution to name the bridge after one of Marshall’s most famous football players. Also in attendance for the ceremony will be Sam Clagg, Gatski’s former teammate and Professor Emeritus of Geography at Marshall University.

On Oct. 15, 2005, during a Marshall homecoming game, Gatski became the first Marshall football player to have his number retired. He played for the Thundering Herd from 1940 to 1942. Gatski passed away on Nov. 23, 2005 at the age of 83.

Additional information about Gatski:

  • Four-time all-pro (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955);
  • Member of the all-time Cleveland Browns team;
  • Member of the West Virginia Hall of Fame;
  • Four All-America Football Conference championships (1946, 1947, 1948, 1949);
  • Four National Football League titles (1950, 1954, 1955, 1957);
  • Played in 11 championship games in 12 years with his teams winning eight times;
  • Member of the Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame;
  • Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame;
  • After retiring from pro football, coached football at the Prunytown Industrial School until it closed in 1982.

The ceremony will occur between the first and second quarters at the 20-yard line on the north end of the field.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197