Written by Shelly Poe
The late Charley Seabright was a versatile athlete at WVU from 1938-41, earning three letters in football, two in basketball and two in baseball. A native of Wheeling, W.Va., Seabright was an all-state athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Benwood Union High (now John Marshall) before coming to play for the Mountaineers.
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Seabright averaged 4.1 points per game and scored 77 career points as a guard in basketball and started at first base in baseball, hitting over .300 for his career. He excelled most at football, where he was a standout quarterback for three years as a Mountaineer. He signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Rams of the NFL in 1941, but left the team to serve in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1942-44, where he saw combat in Germany.
When he returned from the war, he played both offense and defense for the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers from 1946-50 and was a member of the Steelers’ 1947 team that lost a one-game playoff to eventual champion Philadelphia. That team is widely considered to be Pittsburgh’s best squad till the great teams of the 1970s. Seabright was known for being a relentless blocker as a wingback and is also recognized as one of the last two-way players in the NFL before two-platoon football was instituted in the late 1940s.
He was voted to the WVU football all-time team (1940-49) and was awarded with a sportsmanship award by the Charleston Sportsman Club in 1980.
Seabright and his wife, the former Alice Olveski, had four children: Chuck, Jim, Joyce and Charlene. He worked for Valley Machine in Martins Ferry, Ohio, for 28 years as a production manager. Seabright died at the age of 62 in March, 1981, in Wheeling.