Dennis Claridge

Dennis Bert Claridge (August 18, 1941 – May 1, 2018) was an 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 by 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 later worked as an orthodontist in Lincoln, Nebraska. He died in 2018 of bladder cancer at the age of 76.[6]

Dennis Claridge
No. 10
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:August 18, 1941
Phoenix, Arizona
Died:May 1, 2018 (aged 76)
Lincoln, Nebraska
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

References

  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.
  6. ^ Sipple, Steven M. "Ex-Husker quarterback Claridge, a mainstay under Devaney, dies at age 76".

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1962 All-Big Eight Conference football team

The 1962 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1962 college football season. The selectors for the 1962 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press International (UPI). Players selected as first-team players by both the AP and UPI are designated in bold.

1962 Gotham Bowl

The 1962 Gotham Bowl was a college football bowl game at Yankee Stadium in New York City, between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Miami Hurricanes.

1962 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1962 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska and member of the Big Eight Conference in the 1962 college football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The November 3 game against Missouri marked the start of Nebraska's current NCAA record of 346 consecutive sellouts.

1963 All-Big Eight Conference football team

The 1963 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1963 college football season. The selectors for the 1963 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press International (UPI). Players selected as first-team players by both the AP and UPI are designated in bold.

1963 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1963 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska and member of the Big Eight Conference in the 1963 college football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1964 Orange Bowl

The 1964 Orange Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Auburn Tigers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

1966 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1966 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's inaugural season in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons finished in seventh place in the NFL Eastern Conference with a record of 3–11, ahead of only the New York Giants.

1966 NFL expansion draft

The 1966 NFL expansion draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Atlanta Falcons, selected its first players. On June 30, 1965, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle awarded the first NFL franchise in the Deep South to the city of Atlanta and granted ownership to Rankin Smith Sr.So that the Falcons could become competitive with existing teams, the league awarded the Falcons the first pick in the 1966 NFL Draft, supplemented with the final pick in the first five rounds. The NFL also gave the new team the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on February 15, 1966. In this draft, held six weeks after the regular draft, the existing franchises listed players from which the Falcons could select to switch to the new team.

Each of the 14 established teams froze 29 players on their 40-man rosters that opened the 1965 season (That made 154 players available.). Atlanta picked one of the 11 and then each team froze two more. Atlanta was able to select two more for a total of 42 players chosen. The Falcons paid $8.5 million for the franchise. (Feb 17, 1966 St. Petersburg Times.)

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Claridge

Claridge is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Bruce Claridge, Canadian football player

Christie Claridge, American beauty pageant contestant

Dennis Claridge (1941–2018), American footballer

George Claridge (1794–1856), English cricketer

Gordon Claridge, British psychologist

Manuela Kasper-Claridge (born 1959), German journalist

Captain R. T. Claridge (Richard Tappin Claridge) (ca. 1797-1857), English pioneer in asphalt production and hydrotherapy

Ryan Claridge (born 1981), former American footballer

Shaaron Claridge, American voice actress

Steve Claridge (born 1966), English footballer, coach and pundit

Travis Claridge (1978–2006), American footballer

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