Veryl Switzer is a former halfback in the National Football League who played 24 games for the Green Bay Packers. In 1954, the Green Bay Packers used the 4th pick in the 1st round of the 1954 NFL Draft to sign Switzer out of Kansas State University where he played from 1951 to 1953. He held the career punt return record at KSU until 1995 and scored the second longest punt return touchdown in school history (93 yards on Sept 19 1953, one of two he posted that year). His best year was 1953 when he led Kansas State in rushing with 558 yards, receiving with eight catches for 211 yards, scoring with eight touchdowns and 49 points, punt returns with a 31.0-yard average and kick returns with a 22.3-yard average. Switzer was invited to the 1954 East–West Shrine Game.
Switzer went on to play for two seasons with the Packers before serving two years in the United States Air Force as a first lieutenant. His attempt to resume his NFL career was unsuccessful when he was released in September 1958 by the Packers. He instead returned to professional football in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders in 1958 and was subsequently traded to the Montreal Alouettes in March 1959 and played two seasons with the team.
He later worked for the Chicago Board of Education for 10 years before coming returning to KSU in an administrative capacity in 1969. He is currently Co-Director, Earl Woods National Youth Golf Academy and Associate Athletic Director for Academics.
Switzer was a charter member of the K-State Sports Hall of Fame and is enshrined in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Kansas High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.
By Dean Hanley
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