Zenon Andrusyshyn will forever be remembered for his unwavering commitment, extraordinary talent, and the lasting imprint he left on the hearts and minds of all who knew him.
Zenon Andrusyshyn Obituary
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Zenon Andrusyshyn, affectionately known by many as “Golden Toe”, “Big Z”, or simply “Z”.
Zenon was born on February 25, 1947, and died on August 7, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of faith, love, and extraordinary achievement.
Zenon Andrusyshyn exemplified strength both on and off the football pitch. He was the son of John Ivan Andrusyshyn and Olga Dyka Andrusyshyn and was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Zenon had a natural knack for sports, particularly football, from a young age.
His commitment, passion, and unshakable perseverance distinguished him from his colleagues and established the groundwork for a really spectacular career.
Zenon’s exceptional physical ability was recognised during his high school years when he became the team’s top quarterback. His exceptional punting abilities drew the attention of college scouts, leading to a scholarship to the University of Florida. Zenon’s powers thrived here, solidifying his position as one of the finest punters in the sport’s history.
Zenon was drafted by the New York Jets in the 1969 NFL Draft after a stellar college career. His entry into the professional league heralded the start of a remarkable career that would see him become one of the game’s most renowned and celebrated punters.
Zenon’s remarkable leg power and accuracy made him an indispensable member of his team, breaking multiple records and making an unforgettable impression on the sport.
Zenon’s NFL career was capped by an amazing effort in Super Bowl III in 1969. His clutch punts were critical in the Jets’ triumph, cementing his reputation as a clutch performer under duress.
Zenon’s contributions to the game were further solidified when he set the Guinness World Record for the longest punt in professional football at 108 yards.
This incredible feat, which still stands today, demonstrates his great aptitude and is a monument to his unrivalled dedication to his trade.
While Zenon’s achievements on the field were certainly remarkable, it was his character that distinguished him as a man. He was a loving spouse to Susan Andrusyshyn, with whom he enjoyed 52 years of love, companionship, and unshakable support.
Their bond was truly unshakable, a great example of a lifelong commitment founded on love and mutual respect. Zenon was also a devoted grandfather to his three grandchildren, Mostyn, Zara, and Zander, as well as a proud father to his two children, Zoe and Zuriel.
Zenon’s influence extended well beyond his family. His unshakeable trust in God acted as a beacon for all those who came into contact with him, inspiring others to embrace their own spirituality and find consolation in their beliefs.
Zenon was admired for his unfailing honesty, integrity, and character strength, qualities that earned him the respect and admiration of anyone who had the honour of knowing him.
As word of Zenon’s death spread, tributes and condolences from the football world and beyond poured in. His friends, former teammates, and fans all expressed their sorrow at the passing of a great legend. Zenon Andrusyshyn has passed away, but his legacy will live on, motivating future generations to dream big, work hard, and strive for excellence.
A memorial ceremony will be conducted on August 28, 10:30 a.m., at the Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Florida, to honour Zenon’s life and celebrate his outstanding achievements.
Friends, family, and admirers will definitely find solace in the memories shared and the legacy left behind by this wonderful guy as they gather to pay their respects.
Following Zenon’s death, the world mourns the loss of a true sports legend and a very exceptional guy. His contributions to the game of football will not be forgotten, and the teachings he taught both on and off the pitch will continue to inspire countless people for centuries to come.