Matt Hazeltine

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Matt Hazeltine
No. 55, 64
Date of birth (1933-08-02)August 2, 1933
Place of birth Ross, California
Date of death January 13, 1987(1987-01-13) (aged 53)
Place of death

San Francisco, California

Cause of death amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
College California
NFL draft 1955 / Round: 4 / Pick: 45
Career history
As player
1955–1968 San Francisco 49ers
1970 New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 2 (1962, 1964)
Career stats

Matthew Emory Hazeltine, Jr. (August 2, 1933 – January 13, 1987) was a professional American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.

Hazeltine was a 1951 graduate of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, and was a star player there and at the University of California, Berkeley. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.[1]

While with the 49ers, Hazeltine was selected for the Pro Bowl twice, in 1963 and 1965. He was captain of the team for five years.[2]

Hazeltine missed the 1969 season with injuries, but returned in 1970 for one season with the New York Giants. Following his retirement from the gridiron, Hazeltine operated a successful insurance agency in San Francisco.[3]

He died in San Francisco on January 13, 1987. He was one of three 1964 San Francisco 49ers teammates who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The other two were Bob Waters and Gary Lewis.[4][5]

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