Al Brenner

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Al Brenner
No. 25
Born: (1947-11-13)November 13, 1947
Benton Harbor, Michigan
Died: February 13, 2012(2012-02-13) (aged 64)
Clinton, North Carolina
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) DB
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
College Michigan State
NFL draft 1969 / Round: 7 / Pick: 170
Drafted by New York Giants
Career history
As player
1969–1970 New York Giants (NFL)
19711974 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1975 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
19751977 Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1972
CFL East All-Star 1972, 1974

Allen Ray Brenner (November 13, 1947 – February 13, 2012) was an American gridiron football player. He played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for seven years.

Football career[edit]

Brenner played defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Ottawa Rough Riders from 1971 to 1977. He was a CFL All-Star in 1972, the same year he set a record of most interceptions in a season at 15, and also won the Grey Cup with the Tiger-Cats. He was also part of the Ottawa Rough Riders when they won the Grey Cup in 1976. Brenner started his career with the New York Giants of the NFL, for whom he played two seasons. He played college football at Michigan State University where he was an All-American in 1968. was also the head coach of the Burlington Braves of the Canadian Junior Football League in 1981.

While playing in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats he intercepted Joe Theismann four times in one game. Brenner also was part of "The Game of the Century", where both Michigan State and Notre Dame were ranked number one in the country and went to a 10–10 tie in 1966.


Brenner was reported missing in April 1983. He, his wife, and four children were residents of Burlington, Ontario.[1] Brenner is featured in a Fifth Estate program on December 3, 2010 which discusses his disappearance and subsequent resurfacing eight years after abandoning his family.[2] He is interviewed living in an unnamed small town in North Carolina and says he cannot explain why he left.


Brenner died on February 13, 2012, at age 64, in Clinton, North Carolina, after a long illness.[3]


  1. ^ "Wife Rebuilds Life After Ex-star Vanishes". The Windsor Star. July 17, 1984. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Story of Al Brenner". The Fifth Estate. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Former Spartan All-American Brenner passes away at age 64". Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2012.