Charlie Krueger

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Charlie Krueger
No. 70
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1937-01-28) January 28, 1937 (age 82)
Caldwell, Texas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:256 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Caldwell (TX)
College:Texas A&M
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Charles Andrew Krueger (born January 28, 1937) is a former American football player, a defensive tackle for fifteen seasons in the National Football League, all with the San Francisco 49ers. In college, he was a two-time All-American at Texas A&M and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Caldwell, Texas, Krueger graduated from Caldwell High School and played college football at Texas A&M University. He was twice an All-American under head coach Bear Bryant.[1]

NFL career[edit]

Krueger was taken in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the 49ers, the eighth overall selection. He played defensive tackle for the team until his retirement in 1973.[2]

With the 49ers, Krueger wore number 70 and his number was retired by the team. He was one of the last linemen in the NFL to wear a two-bar "quarterback" facemask. His brother Rolf (b.1946) was also an NFL player with the St. Louis Cardinals and the 49ers, where the two played together in 1972 and 1973.

After retirement[edit]

At age 51 in 1988, Krueger was awarded more than $2.3 million in damages stemming from a lawsuit against the San Francisco 49ers. The judge found that Krueger received repeated anesthetic injections during his NFL career so that he could continue to play in spite of significant knee injuries. The decision found that the 49ers were not truthful with Krueger regarding the seriousness of his injuries, which left him with severe chronic pain after his playing days.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Charlie Krueger". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Padwe, Sandy (June 27, 1988). "When trust is betrayed". Sports Illustrated. p. 80.
  3. ^ "49ers Found Guilty of Fraud in Krueger Case". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. February 22, 1987. Retrieved May 31, 2018.

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