Center Frank Gatski named to all-time transfer list
The Auburn Tigers have a vast and storied history, and all historical rankings tend to prove it.
On3 released a list of college football’s all-time transfer squad on Friday, and it included a far-off player in Auburn’s history — center Frank Gatski, who played for Auburn in its 1945 season. after transferring from the Marshall Thundering Herd.
Here’s what the roster had to say about Gatski, whose consistency and excellent play would cement his status as an American football legend after his playing career ended.
Gatski, a native of West Virginia, served two years at Marshall before leaving the school during World War II. When he returned to the United States after the war, Marshall had not returned to football, so he played his final season at Auburn in 1945. Gatski played 12 seasons in the NFL, was a four-time member of the first-team All-Pro and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985; others in this class included Staubach, Simpson and Joe Namath. He is the only player in Marshall history to retire his uniform (#72) and would never have missed practice at Marshall, Auburn and the NFL so much.
Gatski’s 1945 Auburn team went 5-5 with a 2-3 conference record. After finishing his senior season at Auburn, Gatski went to the Cleveland Browns of the All-American Football Conference, or AAFC. That conference eventually merged with the NFL in 1950, and Gatski went on to four championships with the Browns. He played one final year with Detroit before retiring and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
The article also gave honorable mention to former Tigers quarterback Cam Newton, who transferred from Florida to Blinn College in Auburn. throughout his academic career. The roster eventually went with Roger Staubach, whose move to Navy was enough to land him at quarterback.