Dale Memmelaar

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Dale Memmelaar
No. 63, 71, 70, 61, 62, 67
Position: Guard / Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1937-01-15)January 15, 1937
Place of birth: Hawthorne, New Jersey
Date of death: March 17, 2009(2009-03-17) (aged 72)
Place of death: Cornwall, New York
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Goshen Central (NY)
College: Wyoming
NFL Draft: 1959 / Round: 21 / Pick: 242
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 107
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Dale Edward Memmelaar (January 15, 1937 – March 17, 2009) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Chicago Cardinals/St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Colts. He played college football at the University of Wyoming.

Early years[edit]

Memmelaar played high school football at Goshen Central High School in Goshen, New York. He also practiced baseball, basketball and track.

He accepted a scholarship from the University of Wyoming, where he was a three-year starter at offensive tackle.[1] In 1956, he contributed to the team finishing with a 10-0 record.[2]

As a senior he was named team captain, contributing to the Skyline Conference Championship and the 14-6 defeat of Hardin–Simmons University in the Sun Bowl. He also was a pro-baseball prospect as a pitcher.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Memmelaar was selected in the twenty-first round (242nd overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals. He was a backup player at offensive tackle and offensive guard. In 1961, his military service caused him to miss 4 games.

In August 1962, he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a draft choice (not exercised). He was returned to the Cardinals after two weeks and was promptly waived.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In September 1962, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys and he became a starter at right guard for two years. He also served as the team's barber. He was released before the start of the 1964 season.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

In 1964, he was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns. He was a reserve pulling guard for running back Jim Brown. He helped win the NFL Championship 27-0 against the Baltimore Colts. The next year, the Browns again reached the NFL Championship game, but lost 12-23 against the Green Bay Packers.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Memmelaar was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1966 NFL expansion draft. On June 21, 1966, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts in exchange for a sixth round draft choice (#151-Martine Bircher).[3]

Baltimore Colts[edit]

Memmelaar was a reserve player with the Baltimore Colts for two years. In 1967, he was waived after a knee injury ended his career.

Personal life[edit]

After he retired from football, he worked as a teacher, football coach and athletic director. He helped start the football program at Washingtonville High School. In 2009, he died from cancer in Cornwall, New York.[4]


  1. ^ "Dale Memmelaar player profile". Archived from the original on February 7, 2007. Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #28 and #78". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Colts Acquire Memmelaar; Tony Lorick". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Brown Memmelaar dies". Retrieved April 30, 2017. 

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