Charlie Krueger

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Charlie Krueger
No. 70
Position: Defensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1937-01-28) January 28, 1937 (age 80)
Place of birth: Caldwell, Texas
Career information
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Safeties: 3
Interceptions: 1
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

Charles Andrew Krueger (born January 28, 1937) is a former American football defensive lineman. He played his whole fifteen-season career in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers. Previously he was an All-American at Texas A&M University and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982. With the 49ers, Krueger wore number 70 and his number was retired by the 49ers. He was one of the last linemen in the NFL to wear a two-bar "quarterback" facemask. Charlie's brother Rolf was also an NFL player with the St. Louis Cardinals and the 49ers, in which Charlie played in the last two seasons with Rolf.

Early life and education[edit]

Krueger was born in Caldwell, Texas and attended Caldwell High School before playing football at Texas A&M University. He was twice an All-American at Texas A&M under coach Bear Bryant.[1]

NFL career[edit]

He was a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1958 NFL Draft. He played tackle for the team until his retirement in 1973.[2]

After retirement[edit]

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]


  1. ^ "College Football Hall of Fame: Charlie Krueger". Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Padwe, Sandy (June 27, 1988). "When Trust Is Betrayed". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 6, 2012.