Gary Klingensmith, the long time deaf football coach at
Juniata HS in Pennsylvania, was an outstanding
running back at Penn State University.
He played for Penn State in the 1962, 1963 and 1964 seasons.
The 1963 season was Gary’s best as a junior. He was
nationally known as the “deaf” football player.
He had two great games against Maryland and Ohio
Against Maryland, he caught a 66-yard pass over
his shoulders, to help Penn State win the ganme
Against Ohio State, he rushed for 81 yards,
including a 27 yard run that set up Penn
State’s only touchdown to help win the
He was not drafted by the NFL, but received
a free agent offer by the New York Jets. He
turned it down to coach Gallaudet (1965-1967).