Jack Mulkey, Fresno State’s first two-time All-American in football and its first-ever player to be lected in the NFL Draft, died Tuesday in Edmund, Okla. after a battle with cancer. He was 95.
Mr. Mulkey, played wide receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs for three years (1938-40) and was a first-team All-American selection in 139 and 1940.
Mr. Mulkey made Fresno State history as being the first Fresno State football player to be selected in the NFL Draft. He was drafted in the 15th round of the 1941 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.
Mr. Mulkey made a return to Fresno last season as one of four military veterans serving as an honorary captain during Fresno State’s home game against Air Force on Nov. 24. The Bulldogs won 48-14.
Mr. Mulkey, who had been retired since 1985, is survived by his wife Charlotte, his sister, Marge Nelson (who resides in Los Banos), his two children, Jack Jr. and Kay Montalvo, two step-children Mark Witzel and Lisa Witzel, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.