John Offerdahl

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John Offerdahl
No. 56
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-08-17) August 17, 1964 (age 51)
Place of birth: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Career information
College: Western Michigan
NFL draft: 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 4
Games: 89
Stats at

John Offerdahl (born August 17, 1964 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin) is an American former professional football player who played his entire eight-year career with the Miami Dolphins from 1986 to 1993. He was a five time Pro Bowler from his rookie year in 1986 to 1990.

After graduating from Fort Atkinson High School in Wisconsin, Offerdahl played college football for Western Michigan University and was drafted in the second round in the 1986 NFL Draft. While at WMU Offerdahl recorded 694 career tackles, still a school record.[1] Offerdahl was inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 2013.[2]

Business ventures[edit]

Offerdahl owned a series of bagel restaurants in South Florida that were purchased by Boston Market and which later became Einstein Brothers bagels.

Offerdahl currently owns Offerdahl's Cafe Grill, which has seven locations in south Florida. Offerdahl's Cafe Grills have no ownership ties with Einstein Brothers, which is owned by New World Restaurant Group.


While attending Western Michigan he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.