Ed Modzelewski (January 13, 1929 – February 28, 2015) was a football player, who played at the University of Maryland, and then professionally with his brother Dick Modzelewski for the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft, but he chose to set up a high end restaurant named Mo and Juniors instead. The family owned the place. Oldest brother Joe was a chef and Ed managed it. Dick worked the room during the off season, when he lived in Cleveland despite playing for the New York Giants. Ed later became the president of Beef Corral Inc, which had 11 outlets in the Cleveland area. The franchise business was a huge success among the fans and local community.
Ed Modzelewski's parents, Joe and Martha Modzelewski had a big family. Ed's siblings included Joe, Gene, Dick, Betty Lou and Florence Nowicki. Ed was married to Mary Modzelewski and later, Joanne Modzelewski. Ed Modzelewski's children included Scott Alan Modzelewski; Michael Modzelewski, Bruce Modzelewski and Nancy Giacobbe. Ed had three grandchildren, Lance Modzelewski, Anthony Giacobbe and Jenny Modzelewski.
He died of congestive heart failure in 2015 at the age of 86 at his home in West Sedona, Arizona.
By Dean Hanley
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