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John Sciarra
Date of birth: March 2, 1954 (1954-03-02) (age 55)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
Position(s): S/QB
Jersey №: 6, 21
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103
Drafted by: Chicago Bears
 As player:
British Columbia Lions (CFL)
Philadelphia Eagles
Playing stats at

John Michael Sciarra (born March 2, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional American football safety in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1978 to 1983. While with the Eagles, he played for legendary coach Dick Vermeil, who had been his college coach at UCLA. The Eagles were a successful team at that time and won the NFC Championship in 1980 and played in the Super Bowl. He also played quarterback for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award in 1976.

He was an All-American quarterback at UCLA. He starred in the 1976 Rose Bowl in which UCLA upset favored Ohio State University, which was unbeaten ranked number one in the nation, by a score of 23–10. Sciarra was named Most Valuable Player in the game. Sciarra played high school football at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, California.

Awards and honors

In 1991, Sciarra was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

Sciarra was the keynote speaker at the 2009 UCLA's Sociology Department graduation ceremony, where graduates included Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, current quarterback Kevin Craft and former linebacker Marcus Reece, who came back to UCLA to finish his degree.


John Sciarra Jr., his son, also played football at UCLA, but at the end of the 2003 season, the younger Sciarra transferred to Wagner College.

It appears that Mick Jagger wore Sciarra's "21" Eagles Jersey on the Rolling Stones' 1981 Tour.




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