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Former UNC football player, hall of famer Weiner dies

Posted December 26, 2013

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Art Weiner, former University of North Carolina football star and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died Christmas evening at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro at the age of 87. He was with his family at the time of his passing, including his wife of 65 years, Boots, his sons, Gregg and Patrick, and daughter, Beth.

Weiner teamed with Charlie Justice to form one of the most dynamic one-two punches in college football history, leading the Tar Heels to 32 wins and three New Year’s Day bowl games from 1946-49. Weiner is one of five Tar Heel football players whose jersey number (#50) is retired by the school.

Weiner shattered the school record for receptions with 106, a mark that stood atop the Tar Heel record book for 36 years. He also hauled in 18 touchdown receptions, a school record that stood until 1997. He averaged 16.3 yards per catch, still the fifth-highest figure in Carolina history.

Weiner led the nation with an NCAA record-tying 52 catches in 1949. A two-way standout, he earned most outstanding lineman honors at the ’49 Senior Bowl and made a game-saving tackle at the end of UNC’s 21-20 win at Duke that same year.

He earned first-team All-America honors in 1948 and 1949 and was a three-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection.

He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1973 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

The family will hold a wake on Friday (Dec. 27) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Forbis and Dick Funeral Services on 1118 North Elm Street in Greensboro. The funeral service is Saturday (Dec. 28) at 2 p.m. at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church at 2100 Fernwood Drive in Greensboro.

The Newark, N.J., native is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



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  • StunGunn Dec 27, 2013

    Art Weiner lived a rich, full life, and his records held for many years. Most of all, I hope his wife will be alright - to lose your mate after all those years of marriage is so tough.

  • mxteam44 Dec 26, 2013

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    They do it on a fairly regular basis, and not just former UNC athletes. There was a story just a couple weeks ago regarding a former Duke player. Stop being so sensitive.

  • IronRam Dec 26, 2013

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    There will be some, don't worry...tough time of year, many reasons why but there seems to be many older folks pass around the holidays based on my friends and personal experience. Weiner will always be a Tar Heel and my hopes and prayers are he has been received into the Kingdom of Heaven...

  • mxteam44 Dec 26, 2013

    He had some pretty outstanding numbers as a player! RIP Mr. Weiner.

  • Honesty first Dec 26, 2013

    Some people don't know when to keep their mouth shut. Right erob1967?

  • heelsforever Dec 26, 2013

    Please try to have some decency with you posts even if you don't know any better.

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