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    1953 USC Football Captain Tom Nickoloff Dies

    Tom Nickoloff
    Nov. 2, 2016

    Tom Nickoloff, who led USC in receiving in 1952 and 1953 and captained the 1953 Trojan football team, died on Oct. 23 in Woodland Hills, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.

    After earning All-City honors at Los Angeles High, Nickoloff was a 3-year (1951-53) letterman end for the Trojans. He caught 25 passes with 3 touchdowns as a junior in 1952 and was a member of USC’s squad that went 10-1 and defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl that season. All of his scoring catches in 1952 came in the Stanford game. He had 7 receptions for 73 yards in the Rose Bowl victory.

    He then had 15 receptions with 2 TDs as a 1953 senior, when he was Troy’s co-captain. He played in the 1954 Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, then was a third round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1954 NFL Draft, but he did not play in the NFL due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

    After USC, he was a civil defense attorney.

    He was buried on Oct. 30 at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego.

    He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty, and his children, Tim, Kevin and Laurie.