Conrad Dobler

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Conrad Dobler
No. 66, 69
Offensive Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-10-01) October 1, 1950 (age 63)
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Career information
College: Wyoming
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 5 / Pick: 110
Debuted in 1972
Last played in 1981
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 129
Touchdowns 1
Fumble recoveries 9
Stats at NFL.com

Conrad Francis Dobler (born October 1, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American football offensive lineman in the NFL.

NFL[edit]

Cardinals[edit]

Dobler was drafted in the fifth round out of the University of Wyoming in the 1972 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played right offensive guard for the Cardinals from 1972-77, next to Hall-of-Famer Dan Dierdorf at right tackle. In those years, the Cardinals had solid offensive lines, especially for pass blocking; they allowed just eight sacks in all of 1975, then a record (though helped by quick releases from quarterback Jim Hart). Dobler was an important cog of this success, making three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1975-77.

Dobler quickly developed a reputation as a nasty player, and he did little to tone down that image. On the contrary, he seemed to revel in it, probably believing that this would intimidate some defensive players, as indicated by the following quote: "I see defensive linemen jump to knock a pass down. When that happened near me, I'd smack 'em in the solar plexus, and that got their hands down real quick."[1] As sportswriter Paul Zimmerman said: "Conrad Dobler was mean dirty. He tried to hurt people in a bad way...he made teams that he played on better. He played hurt, didn't complain, but he was a filthy, filthy player." He made the cover of Sports Illustrated, who heralded Dobler as "Pro Football's Dirtiest Player".[2]

Saints and Bills[edit]

In 1978, Dobler suddenly became a Saint: the Cardinals traded him to New Orleans, where he played for the next two years. He then spent his final two final seasons with the Buffalo Bills, retiring after the 1981 campaign.

After football[edit]

Dobler, known for such transgressions as punching Mean Joe Greene, spitting on a downed and injured opponent (the Eagles' Bill Bergey) and kicking Merlin Olsen in the head,[1] parodied his image in a Miller Lite beer commercial by getting a section of fans to argue the eternal question, "Tastes Great! Less Filling!" (Olsen got a measure of symbolic revenge by placing Dobler's name on a headstone in a scene from Olsen's TV series Father Murphy). Dobler paid a high price for his NFL career, having suffered through numerous operations to repair his battered body. Now disabled, Dobler has had nine knee replacements. Still in need of further surgeries, Dobler, like many other disabled pro football veterans, has been unable to gain disability assistance from the NFL.[3]

On April 5, 2007, The Buffalo News reported that as a result of falling out of a hammock in 2001, Dobler's wife Joy became a paraplegic. Substantial medical bills for Joy's care put the Dobler family in financial hardship, to the point they could no longer pay for their academically-gifted daughter, Holli, or their son, Stephen, to attend college. Champion golfer and philanthropist Phil Mickelson heard of the Dobler family situation on ESPN and volunteered to pay for Holli and Stephen's college education at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, respectively.

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