Dennis Claridge

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Dennis Claridge
No. 10
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1941-08-18) August 18, 1941 (age 74)
Place of birth: Phoenix, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Robbinsdale (MN)
College: Nebraska
NFL draft: 1963 / Round: 3 / Pick: 39
AFL draft: 1963 / Round: 26 / Pick: 201 (Oakland Raiders)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 71
Pass completions: 41
Percentage: 57.7
TDINT: 2–2
Passing yards: 484
Passer rating: 76.3
Player stats at NFL.com

Dennis Bert Claridge (born August 18, 1941) is a former American football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.[1] He played college football at the University of Nebraska under head coaches Bill Jennings and Bob Devaney,[2] and later attended its dental school.[3]

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Claridge played high school football in Minnesota at Robbinsdale, a suburb northwest of Minneapolis. As a senior in college in 1963, he led Nebraska to an undefeated season in the Big Eight Conference, a 9–1 regular season, and a victory over Auburn in the Orange Bowl.

Selected in third round of the 1963 NFL draft as a junior eligible, Claridge stayed in college and joined the Packers in 1964. He was a member of the NFL championship team in 1965, playing behind Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr and Zeke Bratkowski under head coach Vince Lombardi.[1][4] Claridge was selected in the 1966 expansion draft for the Falcons.[5] Green Bay was interested in reacquiring him for the 1967 season, but he left the NFL after three seasons to complete dental school.[3]

Claridge is now an orthodontist in Lincoln, Nebraska.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Claridge gets his chance". St. Petersburg Independent (Florida). Associated Press. July 8, 1966. p. 15A. 
  2. ^ "Packer rookie still aims at dentistry". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. July 26, 1964. p. 3, section 4. 
  3. ^ a b "Claridge said no". Milwaukee Journal. October 5, 1967. p. 16, part 2. 
  4. ^ Lea, Bud (August 25, 1965). "Scrambler? No!". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 3, part 2. 
  5. ^ "Falcons surprise Lombardi, pick up Packers' Claridge". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida). Associated Press. February 17, 1966. p. 31. 

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