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|Date of birth:||October 8, 1954|
|Place of birth:||White Plains, New York|
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|High school:||White Plains (NY)|
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John Jay Saldi, IV (born October 8, 1954) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League. Saldi played for nine seasons from 1976-1984 for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. He played college football at the University of South Carolina.
Saldi attended White Plains Senior High School where he was an All-American tight end and linebacker. He accepted a scholarship from the University of South Carolina where he played as an undersized (205 pounds) defensive tackle as a true freshman, before suffering a leg injury. The following year he was moved to tight end and eventually became a starter as a junior. He was injured playing against Louisiana State University and missed the last 5 games of his senior season.
He was a member of Cowboys' Super Bowl XII championship team in 1977, although he was de-activated for the game with a bruised leg muscle. The next year he suffered a broken arm in the fourth game and the Cowboys signed future hall of famer Jackie Smith as his replacement.
Just as Dupree was finishing his career, Doug Cosbie passed Saldi on the depth chart, so he forced the team to trade him to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a sixth round draft choice, that eventually was used to draft Eugene Lockhart.