Bob Breitenstein (offensive lineman)
|No. 76, 75, 65|
|Position:||Tackle / Guard|
|Date of birth:||May 8, 1943|
|Place of birth:||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Farmington (NM)|
|NFL Draft:||1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21|
|AFL draft:||1965 / Round: 5 / Pick: 33
(by the Denver Broncos)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Robert Corr Breitenstein (born May 8, 1943) is a former a professional American football player in the American Football League and National Football League for the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at the University of Tulsa. He is distinguished as being the first Argentine to play in the National Football League.
In 1994, he was inducted into the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame.
Breitenstein was selected in the fifth round (33rd overall) of the 1965 AFL draft by the Denver Broncos. He was also selected by the Washington Redskins in the second round (21st overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft. He signed with the Broncos, although he later tried to invalidate the contract.
As a rookie, he shared the starter left tackle position with Lee Bernet. The next year he became the regular starter. He was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a fifth round draft choice (#117-Mike Bragg).
On October 4, 1967, he was activated from the taxi squad and played in 11 games. On August 5, 1968, he walked out of training camp in a contract dispute and was placed on the reserve list. On October 19, he was traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a draft pick.
In 1968, he was declared inactive in 9 games. He was waived on September 16, 1969.
In 1969, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and played in 10 games. In 1970, after playing in 7 games, he was lost for the year with a knee injury. An automovile accident 9 days before the 1971 training camp complicated the injury and was not able to recover. He was released on August 23.
After football, he owned and operated an insurance agency. He was a vice president of the National Football League Players Association for the state of Oklahoma. He appeared in the movie Brian's Song, when the director used actual footage, showing him helping cart running back Gale Sayers off on a stretcher.
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