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Chester Messervey

Chester "Chet" Messervey (1926-1929) 

Chet was the first class center at MHS. During his high school years Marblehead never head a losing season. he was team captain and a standout for four years. 

     Chet followed in the footsteps of our original Hall of Famer, Trem Roberts, and went to Temple University to play under Coach Pop Warner.  Chet has another distinction with one other prominent American who played football in the Big Ten - Gerald Ford, past President - he did not wear a helmet. Messervey played four years for Temple football, was named Captain, and earned All-American mention in 1936. He was a center and played both offense and defense. Pop Warner said that Messervey was the third best center he ever coached.

     Chet was a member of the Temple coaching staff for three years. He served under Ray Morrison in 1939-40 and assisted Fred Swan in 1941. He played in an All-Star Game in New York against the New York Giants in 1937. He was a member of Kelly's All Stars that played against various NFL teams. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers (Football) and played with their Brooklyn Bushwicks farm team for two years (1937-1938). Messervey also played three years of semi-pro football.

     From 1945 to 1979 when he retired, Chet was a radio and television executive including many years with KYW and KYW-TV in Philadelphia. On February 11, 1980 Chet was awarded honors in the Temple University Hall of Fame.


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