Bruce Van Dyke

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Bruce Van Dyke
No. 66, 61
Position: guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-08-06) August 6, 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth: Lancaster, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Missouri
NFL draft: 1966 / Round: 15 / Pick: 133
AFL draft: 1966 / Round: 12 / Pick: 174
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Bruce Van Dyke (born August 6, 1944 in Lancaster, California) is a former American football guard in the National Football League who played eleven seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers.

Early years[edit]

Van Dyke grew up in Buckner, Missouri, and attended Fort Osage High School in Independence, Missouri. He played college football at the University of Missouri, where he was a two way starter, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines under head coach Dan Devine. As a first-team All-Big Eight Conference defensive tackle in 1965, Van Dyke played on Tiger teams that went a combined 21-8-2 from 1963 to 1965. The 1965 squad on which he served as a captain, finished the year ranked sixth nationally, and closed the season with a win over the University of Florida in the 1966 Sugar Bowl. Van Dyke was selected to play in the Hula Bowl in 1966, and was inducted into the University of Missouri's Intercollegiate Hall of Fame in 2001.

Professional career[edit]

Van Dyke was drafted in the 12th round of the 1966 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a key player for the Pittsburgh Steelers for seven years. In 1967, during his first year with the Steelers, the team won only one game. Seven years later, in 1973, Pittsburgh won their first AFC Divisional title. In 2008, Van Dyke was named to the Steelers Legends Team.