Lynn Dickey

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Lynn Dickey
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Dickey (right) signing autographs with center Larry McCarren in 2007
No. 10,12
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-10-19) October 19, 1949 (age 66)
Place of birth: Osawatomie, Kansas
Career information
College: Kansas State
NFL draft: 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 56
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 141–179
Yards: 23,322
QB Rating: 70.9
Stats at

Clifford Lynn Dickey (born October 19, 1949) is a retired National Football League quarterback, who played for the Houston Oilers and the Green Bay Packers in the 1970s and 1980s.

High school[edit]

Dickey grew up in Osawatomie, Kansas, where he led his high school football team to a state championship. The football stadium there is named after him.

College career[edit]

Dickey was recruited by Kansas State University in 1967, and he soon became the top quarterback in the Big Eight Conference. Following his senior season in 1970, Dickey finished 10th in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and was named MVP of the East-West Shrine Game. His 6,208 career passing yards stood as a record at Kansas State for 38 years, until it was passed by Josh Freeman in 2008.

Professional career[edit]

Houston Oilers[edit]

Following graduation, Dickey was drafted in the third round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, where he played four seasons.[1] Dickey started ten games with the Oilers, winning two overall, including Houston's lone win in the 1973 season.[2]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

In 1976 he was packaged in a trade to the Green Bay Packers involving John Hadl.[3] His Packers career got off to a rocky start. Dickey suffered a broken leg in 1977, causing him to miss two full calendar years. But by 1980 he was back as the starter. Dickey led the Packers to the playoffs in the strike-shortened 1982 season. The Packers won the opening round after Dickey went 19 of 26 (73%) for 286 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions in a 41-16 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals.[4] Green Bay was eliminated the following week by the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round after Dickey went 24 of 37 for 274 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions as the team fell 37-26.[5]

Perhaps the high point of Dickey's NFL career came in 1983 when he powered the Packers' offense to a then-team record 429 points.[6][7] His 4,458 yards that season served as the team record until being surpassed by Aaron Rodgers in 2011,[8] and threw a career-best 32 touchdowns, the most in the NFL in 1983.[9] Dickey was named second-team All-NFC behind Joe Theismann.[citation needed] Dickey's Packers had beaten Theismann's Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins in a thrilling Monday Night Football game earlier that season (Washington kicker Mark Moseley missed a field goal in the closing seconds, preserving the Packers' 48-47 win).[10] The game remains the highest aggregate score in MNF history.[11][12]

Dickey retired from professional football after the 1985 season.[13] He holds Packers records for highest completion percentage in a game with a minimum of 20 attempts (19-21, 90.48%, versus New Orleans on December 13, 1981[14]). His record for most passing yards in a regular season game (418 versus Tampa Bay on October 12, 1980 was broken by Matt Flynn on Jan. 1, 2012 with 480 yards.[15] (Aaron Rodgers had 422 in a playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals[16]); and highest average gain in a season (9.21 yards per attempt in 1983[17]). The latter is an NFL single-season record for quarterbacks with 400 or more attempts.

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from football, Dickey relocated to the greater Kansas City area where he opened a football-themed restaurant. After a business partner was found to be unethical, he left the restaurant business for a career in public relations. Dickey has three grown daughters; Natalie, Meredith, and Elizabeth and resides in Leawood, Kansas. He then worked for the popular Kansas City AM station Sports Radio 810 on the show "Crunch Time", airing at 9:00 a.m. He now works at Serve You, a Pharmacy Benefit Management company home based in Milwaukee, WI.


In 1996, when the Big Eight expanded to the Big 12 Conference, the Associated Press named Dickey as the All-Time Big Eight Quarterback. Kansas State University has retired the No. 11 to jointly honor Dickey and his successor at KSU, Steve Grogan. It is the only number retired by Kansas State's football program.

Dickey is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.