Although Tom Flynn was a defensive back on a Super Bowl team, he was a high school dual-threat quarterback before the term became popular.
Flynn played quarterback and defensive back for Penn Hills when the Indians were a WPIAL dynasty in the mid to late 1970s under coach Andy Urbanic. The Indians won or tied for four consecutive WPIAL titles from 1976-79. As a senior in the 1979 season, Flynn showed his versatility on offense when he threw for more than 1,100 yards, ran for more than 700 and was named the Post-Gazette Class AAA Player of the Year (at that time, AAA was the highest classification).
But Flynn also was a standout defensive back and colleges recruited him for defense. He eventually picked Pitt over Penn State and Indiana. After a successful career at Pitt, Flynn was a fifth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1984 and had a terrific rookie season, leading the NFC in interceptions with nine.
Flynn was cut by the Packers in the middle of the 1986 season and was back in Pittsburgh playing flag football when the New York Giants called and signed him later that season. Flynn went on to play for the Super Bowl champions that year.
First Published October 17, 2013 8:00 PM