Bulldog Legend Jack Mulkey Passes Away

May 29, 2013

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State's first-ever two-time All-American in football, Jack Mulkey, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95 after a battle with cancer.

Mulkey was a three-year letterwinner at Fresno State (1938-40), playing wide receiver and defensive back. He drew first-team All-America honors in 1939 and 1940, becoming the first player in school history to hold that distinction.

He was drafted in the 15th round of the 1941 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, becoming the first Bulldog to ever be drafted.

This past 2012 football season, Mulkey returned to Fresno from his home in Oklahoma to be an honorary captain at Fresno State's Nov. 24 game against Air Force. An Army Veteran, Mulkey was one of four military veterans that served as honorary captains in the Bulldogs' 48-15 win over Air Force on Military Appreciation Day.