James Joseph Ailinger was an American basketball and football player who played for the University of Buffalo, New York. Aside from playing basketball and football, he was also a dentist. He was born on the 10th of July, 1901 in Buffalo, New York. He attended Hutchinson high school, New York, and the University of Buffalo (UB).
Jim Ailinger Career Details
He played football for the Buffalo Bisons of the National Football League (NFL) and was a long-time college football linesmen.
His playing position was Guard/Tackle. He is 5.1 ft tall and weighs 83 kg. He was also the basketball team captain for a year.
During the 1924 season in the National Football League, he came off from the bench.
To boast gate attendance for the New York Franchise, Ailinger, a local talent was mixed with big names like Adolf Frederick Youngstrom a.k.a Swede, Benjamin Lee Boynton a.k.a The purple streak, Edgar Lawrence Kaw, and Pedro Calac.
Ailinger was paid $50 for every game his name was included in the roaster.
After the 1924 season with the National Football league, Ailinger refused to continue even though he was offered a contract to continue with them in the 1925 season.
He retired after that season and invested the money he made from the National Football League into his college education. He wanted to become a dentist, although playing ball was his passion.
He went on to become a dentist and also maintained his passion, a win-win for Ailinger. For 60 years, Ailinger was able to combine his passion and profession. He was a successful dentist and was very involved in sports.
He even went on to become the assistant coach of both the football and basketball teams of the University of Buffalo, New York. Then he officiated over 400 college football games between 1925 when he retired to 1960 as age started getting far on.
He officiated three games between Harvard and Yale. The Harvard-Yale football game was a big match, the rivalry between these two legendary. He was at a point considered as the dean of eastern collegiate football officials.
Ailinger also officiated in one of the Army-Navy Game. Army-Navy game is an American college football rivalry game between the Army Black of the United States military academy and the Navy Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy. He officiated in this game four times.
He became a professor at the University of Buffalo Dental School from 1937-1960. While being a professor, he also managed the hockey franchise under the Buffalo Bisons in the 1940s. Ailinger coached Nichols School basketball and served as President of the Eastern Intercollegiate Football Association.
Ailinger practiced his dentistry profession in his home town Buffalo until when he was over 80 years.
One time when Ailinger was asked why he left his old team in 1924 even though they were paying good money at the time ($50) and were willing to continue with him in the 1925 season, he said he was afraid of getting injured. He was already in his final year in college and was preparing to be a dentist; any injury would hinder that.
Ailinger lived in South Florida and Ontario in recent years before moving to an assisted living facility in Pittsford, New York. He died at a good age of 99years-220days in Rochester, New York on March 27, 2001. Before his death in 2001, he was the oldest surviving national football league player alive. Before his death, he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Jim Ailinger Net Worth
Ailinger made money playing for the NPL in the 1920s; he was paid $50 for any game he was listed in. He used most of this money to sponsor himself through dental school.
He also made money in his dental practice and 1997 Ailinger was reported saying that he owned a new Cadillac Car.
Jim Ailinger Marriage Details And Wife
Ailinger was married twice. He married his first wife called Helen McMullen but death took her away in 1989. During the time of their marriage, they had no children.
He married his second wife around 1993, he moved to Boca Raton at one point where he lived in an upscale neighborhood near the ocean with his second wife, a woman he married when he was 91 years old.