Fred Biletnikoff

Biletnikoff in 2016, pic by Prphotos

Birth Name: Frederick S. Biletnikoff

Place of Birth: Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 23, 1943

Ethnicity: Russian

Fred Biletnikoff is an American gridiron football player and coach. He was voted Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowl XI (1977).

Fred is the son of Natalie “Nellie” (Karuba) and Ephriam Biletnikoff. His parents were born in Pennsylvania. All of his grandparents were Russian. His family are Old Believers, Eastern Orthodox Christians who maintain the church’s practices as they were pre-1600s reforms.

Fred’s paternal grandfather was named Sylvester/Selvester Biletnikoff.

Fred’s paternal grandmother was named Frances Fomich/Panamerov/Panceroff.

Fred’s maternal grandfather was named Frederick “Fred” Karuba.

Fred’s maternal grandmother was named Virginia Baranaw/Baranov/Baronov.

Sources: Marriage record of Fred’s parents –

Fred’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Fred’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Fred’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

1 Response

  1. bablah says:

    Might be interesting to mention that his family are all Old Believers.

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