|Place of birth Phoenix, AZ|
Role American football player
Name Dennis Claridge
|1965 Green Bay Packers|
|Date of birth (1941-08-18) August 18, 1941 (age 74)|
AFL draft 1963 / Round: 26 / Pick: 201 (By the Oakland Raiders)
NFL draft 1963 / Round: 3 / Pick: 39
Education University of Nebraska–Lincoln
American football player Dennis Claridge Died at 76
Dennis Bert Claridge (born August 18, 1941) is a former American football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at the University of Nebraska under head coaches Bill Jennings and Bob Devaney, and later attended its dental school.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Claridge played high school football in Minnesota at Robbinsdale, a suburb northwest of Minneapolis. As a senior in college in 1963, he led Nebraska to an undefeated season in the Big Eight Conference, a 9–1 regular season, and a victory over Auburn in the Orange Bowl.
Selected in third round of the 1963 NFL draft as a junior eligible, Claridge stayed in college and joined the Packers in 1964. He was a member of the NFL championship team in 1965, playing behind Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr and Zeke Bratkowski under head coach Vince Lombardi. Claridge was selected in the 1966 expansion draft for the Falcons. Green Bay was interested in reacquiring him for the 1967 season, but he left the NFL after three seasons to complete dental school.
Claridge is now an orthodontist in Lincoln, Nebraska.