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Template:NFL player Jerald Grant Sisemore (born July 16, 1951 in Olton, Texas) is a former professional American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football for the University of Texas.

As a sophomore, Sisemore was a regular on the 1970 Longhorn team that built an unbeaten streak to 31 games. The next year Jerry blossomed into one of the nation's best linemen as he had the first of two consecutive seasons (1971 and 1972) where he was both an all-conference and Unanimous All-America selection. In his 1972 senior year, Texas won its third consecutive Southwest Conference title and gained its third straight Cotton Bowl bid. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Sismore was an impact player with the Eagles, especially after the arrival of legendary coach Dick Vermeil in 1976. The Eagles gradually improved under Vermeil, and reached the NFL playoffs in 1978 and 1979, and the Super Bowl in 1980. The Eagles lost the Super Bowl in 1980, to the Oakland Raiders, but the fact that the franchise went from last place to the Super Bowl while playing with heart and grit endeared the team to the city of Philadelphia like few others. Sisemore was a big part of an offense that featured Philadelphia sports legends like QB Ron Jaworski and RB Wilbert Montgomery. Many older Eagles fans consider Sismore to be the greatest offensive lineman in the long history of the franchise.

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