Clint Haslerig

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Clint Haslerig
Date of birth: (1952-04-09)April 9, 1952
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Wide receiver
College: University of Michigan
Organizations
As player:
1974
1974-1975
1975
1976
Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills
Minnesota Vikings
New York Jets

Clinton Edward "Clint" Haslerig (born April 9, 1952) is a former American football player. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1971 to 1973 and professional football from 1974 to 1976 for the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Jets.

Cincinnati[edit]

Haslerig was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended St. Xavier High School. He was a star athlete for St. Xavier in football and track and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1991.[1] In the profile of Haserlig written at the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame, the author noted, "This man was a physically imposing specimen who had tremendous speed and strength."[1] In track, he ran the 880 relay. As a junior, he caught 20 passes as the split end for the only undefeated football team in St. Xavier history.[1]

Michigan[edit]

He played college football as a wingback and flanker for the University of Michigan from 1971 to 1973. He was a starter for the 1972 and 1973 Michigan Wolverines football teams that compiled a record of 10-1-1.[2][3] During his football career at Michigan, Haslerig totaled 856 all-purpose yards, including 434 receiving yards, 256 rushing yards, and 167 yards on kickoff returns.[4] His longest gains for Michigan both came against Purdue -- a 52-yard reception in 1972 and a 41-yard reception in 1973.[4][5][6] In the fourth quarter of the 1972 Ohio State game, Haslerig caught a three-yard pass from Dennis Franklin for a two-point conversion. With 43 seconds remaining in the same game, Haslerig caught a pass at the Ohio State 11-yard-line to set up a possible winning touchdown, but the Wolverines failed to convert and lost 14-11.[7] In his final game for Michigan, he caught five passes for 64 yards in 10-10 tie against Ohio State in 1973. After his final game, The Michigan Daily asked, "Who can forget wingback Clint Haslerig and those perfect pass patterns he ran? Certainly not the Ohio secondary."[8] He was selected as an All-Big Ten player in 1973.[3]

Professional football[edit]

Haslerig later played professional football for three seasons for the Chicago Bears (1974),[9] Buffalo Bills (1974-1975),[10] Minnesota Vikings (1975),[11] and New York Jets (1976). He appeared in 26 NFL games, mostly on special teams. He also had two pass receptions for 28 yards, both during his tenure with the Vikings in 1975.[12]

Later years[edit]

As of 1991, Haslerig was living in California and working a partner in a consulting firm.[1] He also served as the National Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Alliance of African American Athletes.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "1991 Inductees". St. Xavier High School. 
  2. ^ "1972 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  3. ^ a b "1973 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  4. ^ a b "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Field Goal Tops Purdue, 9-6, With 1:04 Left; KICK BY MICHIGAN BEATS PURDUE, 9-6". The New York Times. November 19, 1972. 
  6. ^ Chuck Bloom (November 18, 1973). "Michigan Rolls to Tenth Win". Reading Eagle. 
  7. ^ Neal Amdur (November 26, 1972). "87,040 at Columbus See Wolverines Frustrated at Goal Line;". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Seniors lead comeback". The Michigan Daily. November 21, 1973. 
  9. ^ "Bears sign Clint Haslerig". Chicago Tribune. September 25, 1974. 
  10. ^ "Behind Every Star There's A Clint Haslerig". St. Petersburg Times. September 5, 1975. 
  11. ^ "Younger Vikings Will Get Starts". Toledo Blade. November 8, 1975. 
  12. ^ "Clint Haserlig". pro-football-reference.com. 
  13. ^ "Management Team". National Alliance of African American Athletes. Retrieved July 6, 2011.