Dick Klein (American football)

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Dick "Sleepy" Klein
No. 79, 72, 62, 70
Position:Offensive tackle / Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1934-02-11)February 11, 1934
Pana, Illinois
Died:December 27, 2005(2005-12-27) (aged 71)
Pana, Illinois
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school:Schlarman (IL)
NFL Draft:1955 / Round: 29 / Pick: 347
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:85
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Richard James Klein (born February 11, 1934 in Pana, Illinois–died December 27, 2005 in Pana, Illinois) was a National Football League and American Football League offensive lineman in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys, and in the AFL for the Boston Patriots and the Oakland Raiders. He played college football at the University of Iowa.

Early years[edit]

Klein attended Schlarman High School and accepted a scholarship from the University of Georgia, he played in the freshman team, before leaving school to join the Navy during the Korean War.

After leaving his military commitment in 1956, he chose to join the University of Iowa over other schools, he was a teammate of Alex Karras and became the starter at right tackle and defensive tackle.[1][2]

The next year, he was named an honorable-mention All-American.[3] Head coach Forest Evashevski allowed his release with a year of eligibility still remaining, in order for him to join the Chicago Bears in the National Football League.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Bears[edit]

Klein was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 29th round (347th overall) of the 1955 NFL Draft, after his original class had graduated, although his college eligibility wasn't completed.

He was a war veteran and didn't start his professional career until 1958.

url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1913&dat=19611005&id=NftGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5vMMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2751,3511866&hl=es | title=Patriots Making Changes As San Diego Comes East | accessdate=April 30, 2017}}</ref> He was waived before the start of the 1960 season.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On September 10, 1960, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys, he only played in 7 games (4 starts) because of a broken shoulder. On December 22, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers along with safety Bill Butler, in exchange for safety Dick Moegle.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

In 1961, Klein played in 2 games before being released.

Boston Patriots[edit]

On October 4, 1961, he was signed as a free agent by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League; the next year, he was named to the AFL All Star team as a defensive tackle.[4] On August 7, 1963, his rights were sold to the Oakland Raiders.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Klein played two seasons for the Oakland Raiders, both as a defensive tackle and offensive tackle.


  1. ^ "Hawkeyes Favored To Whip Beavers". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Minnesota Boasts Power To Take Big Ten Title". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Honorable Mention". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Joins East Squad". Retrieved April 30, 2017.

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