Berlinski to be Flivvs’ honorary captain

KINGSFORD — Dick Berlinski, who earned 16 varsity letters at Kingsford High School, will serve as the Flivvers’ honorary captain for Friday’s football game with rival Iron Mountain.

Berlinski will be honored prior to Friday’s 93rd meeting between Kingsford (4-1) and Iron Mountain (1-5) at Flivver Field. Kick-off is 6:30 p.m.

Berlinski achieved four varsity letters in football as well as basketball, track and baseball.

The “Flivver Flash” started at defensive back as a freshman. He was a first-team running back for the next three seasons, accumulating yards and honors from 1961 to 1964.

In 33 games, Berlinski rushed for 3,593 yards in 429 attempts (8.4 ave) and scored 61 touchdowns. He set a UP scoring record in 1964 with 194 points on 28 touchdowns and 26 extra-points.

Berlinski was a three-time All-UP selection, two-time UP Back of the year and two-time all-state.

In 1964, he was named to Scholastic Coach magazine’s 95-man All-American High School Football Team.

Berlinski went on to a college football career at Michigan State, playing fullback and kicker for a national championship team.