Former Michigan football captain George Genyk died Saturday after battling cancer, Detroit Free Press’ Mark Snyder reported Sunday. Snyder reported that Genyk was 78 years old.
Genyk committed to the Wolverines after graduating from Pershing High School in Detroit. In his first year in Ann Arbor in 1957, he was second honoree of the John F. Maulbetsch Award, given to a freshman after spring practice “on the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and future success both on and off the gridiron.”
Genyk played at both tackle and guard along Michigan’s offensive line from 1957-59. In his final season with the Wolverines, he was named captain.
He was selected in the 1960 AFL Draft by the New York Titans, and ended up coaching several high schools after his playing career was finished. His son, Jeff, was the head coach at Eastern Michigan from 2004-08.