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Catching Up With ... Dick Bielski
Catching Up With ... Dick Bielski

He grew up in East Baltimore during the 1940s, a chunky Polish kid who used to bound down the marble steps of his family's home on Madeira Street and race the one-half block to Patterson Park to play pick-up football games until dark. "If I was there alone, I'd take the ball, kick and chase after it," Dick Bielski said. Practice served him well. A fullback and kicker, Bielski starred at Patterson Park High, blossomed at Maryland — then a national power — and made the pros as a first-round draft pick, finally ending a nine-year NFL career with his hometown Colts. "I can't [complain] about anything," said Bielski, 82, of Towson. He also...