John Neuman was there!
...but not for long! He left football to go on to a successful career in construction.
Five more Seahawks depart
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
CHENEY, Wash (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks placed two
players on waivers Wednesday, two more left the National
Football League expansion team's training camp here and
another announced his retirement.
Veteran Ted Gerela, who was expected to contest rookie Don
Bitterlich for the Seahawks' place kickmg job, left camp
along with John Neuman, a 250-pound defensive tackle.
Thursday, July 15, 1976
Smith 'A Pleasure to Watch'
Source: Seattle PI
Center Larry Lilja, who came to camp with a lower back problem retired, and free agent defensive tackle John Neuman simply quit the camp and football.
By Don Fair
Family copes with dad's death as police investigate fatal crash
Source: The Grand Rapids Press - Grand Rapids, Mich.
ADA -- As police continue to probe the vehicle crash that claimed the life of an Ada man, his family is trying to come to grips with the loss of a loved one.
Author: Carmela Thomas / The Grand Rapids Press
Date: Mar 31, 2001
Jessica Neuman, 18, sobbed as she talked about her father, John Neuman, 46, who lost control of his vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of Grand River Avenue NE.
Neuman was born and raised in Grand Rapids. He graduated from Catholic Central High School and completed secondary studies at Central Michigan University.
He worked his way up in the construction field, employed for years at Dan Vos Construction Co. in Ada before starting his own business called Sherlock Home Inspection, Jessica Neuman said.
He was a big man who was very giving. Some men were scared of him until they got to know him," Jessica said.
"But the women thought of him as a teddy bear," she added.
"He gave to every charity. And if he saw anyone selling things, he would always stop.
"He would help anyone," she said.
Police were still trying to determine what caused Neuman's pickup to leave the road, hit an embankment and flip over.
Along with Jessica, Neuman is survived by his wife, Jodie, and a 6- year-old daughter, Jenna.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
[Web author's note: Thanks to Randee for sharing this information with us.]
From: Randee (Sivosky) Pieper
I sent a Christmas card to one of John's Central Michigan University roommates this year and in return, his wife wrote to let me know that John had been killed in a car accident 5 years ago. It was a terrible shock and I'm sorry to have to pass the news on.
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2007 10:08 PM
Randee (Sivosky) Pieper
From: Randee (Sivosky) Pieper
After I saw your website with John's photo, I dug a little deeper and found an article from March 31, 2001 in the Grand Rapids Press where the reporter had interviewed his daughter, Jessica. He had been doing construction with one of the big companies there, then opened his own business - "Sherlock Homes", if I'm not mistaken. Just like his sense of humor! I hadn't seen him in almost 20 years, but thought of him often. He was a terrific person and we had lots of good times during and for a few years after college.
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 3:37 PM