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Born in Komolty, Russia, and raised in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, LeRoy “Ace” Gutowsky was an All-American in football for Oklahoma City University, (OCU) in 1930. The running back spent eight years playing professional football with the Portsmouth Spartans, 1932-33, the Detroit Lions, 1934-38, and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939. Part of the Lions’ “Infantry Attack” backfield of the 1930s, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder was also a hard-hitting linebacker and part-time quarterback and defensive back. Gutowsky was second team All-Pro in 1934. In five years with the Lions, he rushed for a franchise record 2,445 yards on 698 carries, a total that remained until the 1960s. Over his eight-year professional career, Gutowsky totaled 3,478 yards with 20 touchdowns. Following football, Gutowsky served in the U.S. Army, joining his father in the oil business after World War II. Gutowsky also served on the OCU football staff as an offensive line coach in 1948. A champion bridge player, he was given the “life master” ranking, the first Oklahoman to achieve the highest ranking in bridge. Gutowsky died in Kingfisher in December of 1976.