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College
  
Houston

Education
  
University of Houston

Afl all star
  
1968

Role
  
American football player

Positions
  
Lineman

Name
  
Dan Birdwell

Jersey number
  
53

1962-1969
  
AFL Oakland Raiders

Number
  
53 (Oakland Raiders)


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Born
  
October 14, 1940 Big Spring, TX (
1940-10-14
)

AFL Draft
  
1962 / Round 6 / First Pick

Died
  
February 14, 1978, Huntington Beach, California, United States

Dan Birdwell: Football Defensive Lineman


Dan Birdwell was an American college and professional football player. A defensive lineman, he played collegiately for the University of Houston and professionally for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League from 1962 to 1969. He was the starting left defensive tackle with Tom Keating (American football) on the right side for the 1967 AFL Champion Raiders with their 13-1 win-loss record and on the losing side in the second AFL-NFL World Championship game. In that season, the front four of Birdwell, Keating, Ike Lassiter, and Ben Davidson combined for impressive totals of 67 sacks and 666 yards lost.

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Birdwell is credited with the following quote regarding the necessary mindset to play professional football: "You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two by four."

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Birdwell died of a massive heart attack at age 37 on February 14, 1978.

References

Dan Birdwell Wikipedia


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