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Dan Colchico

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Role  American football player
Weight  111 kg

Height:  6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Education  Diablo Valley College
Name  Dan Colchico
Positions  Defensive end
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Date of birth:  (1935-05-27)May 27, 1935
Date of death:  April 27, 2014(2014-04-27) (aged 78)
High school:  Mount Diablo High School Concord, California
Died  April 27, 2014, Concord, California, United States

Place of birth:  Berkeley, California
Place of death:  Concord, California

Dan Colchico: Football Defensive End

Daniel Mametta "Dan" Colchico (May 27, 1935 – April 27, 2014) was an American athlete who played defensive end in the National Football League.


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Early years

Dan Colchico was born May 27, 1935, in Port Chicago, California, part of the San Francisco Bay Area. His father, an immigrant from Italy, was killed in an industrial accident when Dan was 6 years old.

Colchico was a tough child from a tough neighborhood who was naturally athletic from an early age. Particularly skilled on the football field, Colchico graduated from Mt. Diablo High School and attended Diablo Valley Junior College in Pleasant Hill, California before winning a scholarship to play at San Jose State College.

Collegiate career

After graduating from Diablo Valley Junior College, Colchico entered San Jose State in February 1957. Wearing jersey number 88, Colchico was soon starting for the Spartans at the Right End position.

Professional career

Colchico was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 7th round (78th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft. He was a member of the San Francisco 49ers organization for seven years from 1960-1967 (played 1960–1965 – in 1966 he performed Public Relations duties while in rehab for a ruptured Achilles tendon and upon being denied clearance to play by the 49er medical staff, was hired as the Defensive Line Coach in 1967) and played two seasons for the New Orleans Saints (1968-1969) before retiring from the NFL.

Death and legacy

Dan Colchico died April 27, 2014, at his home in Concord, California, from complications due to heart surgery. He was 76 years old at the time of his death.

Among other accolades Dan was an Associated Press and United Press International All-American Honorable Mention during his collegiate career.

In 1962 Colchico was awarded the Len Eshmont Award, an award granted by the San Francisco 49ers to the player best exemplifying inspirational and courageous play and regarded as the highest team honor.

Colchico was also an inductee of the San Jose State Alumni Hall of Fame.

Colchico donated his brain to Boston University chronic traumatic encephalopathy Research Program with the hope of having others gain insight into the correlation of subconcussions received through playing Football and how it relates to addictive behavior, depression, impulse control and dementia. His brain samples subsequently showed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy.


Dan Colchico Wikipedia

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