Arthur F. Spinney Jr. (born November 8, 1927 in Saugus, Massachusetts, died May 27, 1994 in Lynn, Massachusetts [1]) known professionally as Art Spinney, was a guard who played nine seasons with the Baltimore Colts in the National Football League and was captain of the 1949 Eagles' football team.[2] Spinney attended Boston College. He missed the 1951 and 1952 NFL seasons due to military service.

Art Spinney
Art Spinney - 1954 Bowman.jpg
Spinney on a 1954 Bowman football card
Born:(1927-11-08)November 8, 1927
Saugus, Massachusetts
Died:(1994-05-27)May 27, 1994
Lynn, Massachusetts
Career information
Position(s)Guard
CollegeBoston College
NFL draft1950 / Round: 15 / Pick 184
Career history
As player
1950, 1953–1960Baltimore Colts
Career highlights and awards
Honors

After his career he served as an offensive line coach for Boston College and the Boston Patriots under Mike Holovak and was also a public relations official.[1] For a brief time, Spinney worked for the American Biltrite Rubber Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a consultant to its Sports Surfaces Division. In 1972, along with Lawrence J. Warnalis of Medford, Massachusetts, Spinney was awarded U.S. Patent number 3661687 which recognized Biltrite's artificial grass product Poly-Turf as well as its associated layers of product, applied on top of asphalt, as the proper way to construct a football or soccer field with artificial turf.[3] This provided maximum comfort and safety to the players.

Spinney was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Boston.com Local Search - Boston Globe Archives
  2. ^ a b "Art Spinney (1972) - Varsity Club Hall of Fame". Boston College Athletics. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  3. ^ [1], "Artificial grass sports field", issued 1970-04-29