Paul Krause

Paul James Krause (born February 19, 1942) is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League (NFL).[1] Gifted with a great frame, speed and range, Krause established himself as a defensive force against opposing wide receivers. He led the league with 12 interceptions as a rookie before going on to set the NFL career interceptions record with 81 (which he picked off from 45 different quarterbacks) and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.[2] Krause was selected eight times to the Pro Bowl during his 16 seasons in the NFL.

Paul Krause
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Personal information
Born:February 19, 1942 (age 77)
Flint, Michigan
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Bendle (MI)
NFL Draft:1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interception yards:1,185
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Krause attended and played high school football at Bendle High School in Burton, Michigan and earned all-state honors in basketball, football, baseball and track.[3] Known for once scoring 78 points in a basketball game, he was one of the few in his high school to ever receive an athletic scholarship.[4]

College career

Krause attended and played college football at the University of Iowa. He was a two-way starter as a wide receiver and defensive back.[4] As a senior in 1963, he tied the Iowa record with six touchdown pass receptions[3] and was selected for the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine game, the Coaches' All-American game and the College All-Star game.[4]

Krause also played baseball at Iowa. As a sophomore, he earned All-American honors and was drafted into the major leagues, but he turned down the offer.[4] Krause's chances to play professional baseball were ended when he injured his shoulder in his junior year playing football against the University of Michigan.[3]

Professional career

Washington Redskins

Krause was drafted in the second round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. In his rookie season, he led the NFL in interceptions with 12, including interceptions in seven straight games, and was named to the All-NFL first team.[5] He was named to his first of eight Pro Bowls and was second only to teammate Charley Taylor for the NFL Rookie of the Year award.[5]

Although he intercepted 28 passes in his first four seasons with the Redskins, he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for linebacker Marlin McKeever and a seventh-round draft choice in the 1968 NFL Draft.[5]

Minnesota Vikings

1986 Jeno's Pizza - 18 - Alan Page (Paul Krause crop)
Krause playing for the Vikings in 1977.

Krause played with the Vikings until he retired after the 1979 season. During that time, he was one of 11 players to play in all four of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl IV, VIII, IX, and XI).[5] Krause recorded an interception in Super Bowl IV and a fumble recovery in Super Bowl IX.[5]

Krause was often referred to as the Vikings "center fielder" because of his success as an interscholastic baseball player and his ability to catch interceptions.[6][7]

He currently holds the all-time interception record in the NFL with 81, which he returned for 1,185 yards and three touchdowns. He set the record in 1979 against the Los Angeles Rams, in the second quarter of a 27-21 overtime loss with his 81st interception coming in the final quarter.[3] The previous record of 79 was held by Emlen Tunnell, another former Hawkeye who played for the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers from 1948 to 1961.[3][5]

Krause recovered 19 fumbles, returning them for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Krause only missed two games due to injuries in 16 seasons.[5]

After football

In 1994, Krause was elected to the Board of County Commissioners for Dakota County, Minnesota. He served for twenty years and he did not seek re-election in 2014.[8]

Currently, Krause is involved in real estate development and insurance, and he owns several restaurants,[3] including the Dairy Delite in Lakeville, Minnesota.[9] He previously owned a golf course in Elk River, Minnesota.

Krause was named to the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 1985,[3] the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998,[5] and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Sports Hall of Fame on May 7, 2004.[10]

NFL career statistics

Regular season Interceptions
Year Team G Int Yds TD Long
1964 WAS 14 12 140 1 35
1965 WAS 14 6 118 0 43
1966 WAS 13 2 0 0 0
1967 WAS 13 8 75 0 32
1968 MIN 14 7 82 0 29
1969 MIN 14 5 82 1 77
1970 MIN 14 6 90 0 40
1971 MIN 14 6 112 0 31
1972 MIN 14 6 109 1 35
1973 MIN 14 4 28 0 24
1974 MIN 14 2 53 0 45
1975 MIN 14 10 201 0 81
1976 MIN 14 2 21 0 19
1977 MIN 14 2 25 0 25
1978 MIN 16
1979 MIN 16 3 49 0 18
Career 226 81 1,185 3 81


Krause is married to his wife, Pam, and has three children: two daughters (Mandi and Zendi) and one son (Blair).[3]

In 1996, Pam Krause was severely injured in a car accident near their home in Lakeville, Minnesota when she was hit by a truck.[4] She spent five and a half months in a coma, but survived and is recuperating.[4]


  1. ^ "Paul Krause, DB". NFL Enterprise LLC. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Paul Krause". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paul Krause, University of Iowa, 1985". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Pro Football Hall of Fame honors Paul Krause". Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Paul Krause's HOF Profile". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  6. ^ "Intercepting NFL's highest honor: Krause remembered for roaming in football's center field". CNN/SI. August 1, 1998. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "Paul Krause's Enshrinement Speech Transcript". Pro Football Hall of Fame. 1998. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  8. ^ Belden, Dylan (March 28, 2014). "Paul Krause to retire from Dakota County Board". StarTribune. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "2007: Year in Review". Downtown Lakeville. Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  10. ^ "Redskins Great Krause Honored". Washington Redskins. Archived from the original on March 24, 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-18.

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Preceded by
Emlen Tunnell
Record for interceptions in an NFL career
Succeeded by
1963 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1963 Big Ten Conference football season was the 68th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1963 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1963 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Pete Elliott, won the Big Ten football championship with a record of 8–1–1, defeated Washington in the 1964 Rose Bowl, and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll. Illinois center Dick Butkus received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the most valuable player in the conference and was a consensus first-team All-American.

The 1963 Michigan State Spartans football team, under head coach Duffy Daugherty, compiled a 6–2–1 record, finished in second place in the conference, led the conference in scoring defense (7.0 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 10 in the final AP Poll. Halfback Sherman Lewis was a consensus first-team All-American and finished third in the voting of the 1963 Heisman Trophy.

The Big Ten's statistical leaders included Tom Myers of Northwestern with 1,398 passing yards, Tom Nowatzke of Indiana with 756 rushing yards, and Paul Krause of Iowa with 442 receiving yards. Carl Eller of Minnesota was the first Big Ten player selected in the 1964 NFL Draft with the sixth overall pick.

1963 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

The 1963 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1963 Big Ten Conference football season. Iowa's game against Notre Dame was cancelled on November 23, 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy one day earlier.

1964 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team in the NFL in 1964. Players from the first and second teams are listed, with players from the first team in bold, where applicable.

1965 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of National Football League (American football) players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team in 1965. Players from the first and second teams are listed, with players from the first team in bold, where applicable.

1968 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1968 season was the Minnesota Vikings' eighth in the National Football League. Under head coach Bud Grant, the Vikings won the NFL Central division title with an 8–6 record, and qualified for the postseason for the first time in franchise history. The Vikings' first trip to the playoffs saw them suffer a 24–14 loss in the Western Conference Championship Game to the eventual NFL champion and Super Bowl runner-up Baltimore Colts at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. In the Playoff Bowl two weeks later, they again lost to the Dallas Cowboys 17–13.

1971 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1971 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 11th season in the National Football League. The Vikings won the NFC Central title as they finished with a record of 11 wins and three losses, before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys at home, 20–12, in the NFC Divisional Playoff game.

In 2007, ranked the 1971 Vikings as the fourth-greatest defense in NFL history, saying, "[c]onsidering that their motto was 'Meet at the quarterback,' it's no surprise that the Purple People Eaters held opposing QBs to a 40.4 rating, one of the lowest ever." ESPN also noted that the 1971 Vikings "shut out three opponents, and only one team scored more than 20 points against them. As a result, Alan Page became the first defensive player to ever be named NFL MVP. Carl Eller, Jim Marshall and safety Paul Krause joined Page on the All-Pro team."

1972 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1972 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 12th in the National Football League. It marked the return of Fran Tarkenton to the Vikings after he had been traded to the New York Giants in 1967. In return, Minnesota sent three players to the Giants (Norm Snead, Bob Grim and Vince Clements), plus a first and second round draft choice. Tarkenton's return also led to the previous season's QB, Gary Cuozzo, being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in a deal which sent wide receiver John Gilliam to the Vikings along with second- and fourth-round draft picks in 1973. Cardinals coach Bob Hollway was familiar with Cuozzo, having served as Minnesota's defensive coordinator under Bud Grant prior to leaving for St. Louis in 1971.

The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and seven losses and failed to improve on their 11–3 record from 1971. This would be one of only two times during the 1970s in which the Vikings failed to reach the playoffs, as they would win the NFC Central six straight years from 1973–1978 before posting a 7–9 record in 1979. The Vikings started the season with just one win in their first four games, including a surprising 19-17 loss to the lightly-regarded Cardinals in week four, when Gary Cuozzo bested his former team as Vikings kicker Fred Cox hit the upright on a potential game-winning field goal. The team recovered from their slow start, winning five of their next six to sit at 6–4. However, the Vikings would lose three of their final four games to finish the season at an even 7–7.

1975 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team, the Newspaper Enterprise Association All-Pro team and the Pro Football Writers Association, and Pro Football Weekly All-Pro teams in 1975. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP, NEA, and PFWA teams. These are the four All-Pro teams that are included in the Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League and compose the Consensus All-pro team for 1975.

1975 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1975 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 15th in the National Football League.

The Vikings began with ten wins before losing by one point to the Washington Redskins, though there was generally very little expectation they would equal the 1972 Dolphins’ perfect season. The 1975 Vikings had an even easier schedule than the often-criticized schedule of the unbeaten Dolphin team, with their fourteen opponents having a weighted average winning percentage of .332 and nine being 4–10 or worse. Football journalists noted during their streak how the Vikings had been playing very weak schedules for several years and flattered thereby. Their 10–0 start was not subsequently equalled until the 1984 Miami Dolphins began 11–0. Only the Super Bowl-winning 1999 Rams have had since, according to Pro Football Reference, a weaker schedule than the 1975 Vikings, playing only one opponent with a winning record during the regular season.They sealed their third straight NFC Central title on Thanksgiving Day in this same week when the Detroit Lions lost to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Vikings finished with a record of 12 wins and two losses, before losing to the Dallas Cowboys, 17–14 in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at home due to a play known as the "Hail Mary". Earlier in the season, the New York Jets made their first appearance in Minnesota in a much-anticipated match between Super Bowl quarterbacks Fran Tarkenton and Joe Namath, in what was the first regular season game sold out during the summer.

1979 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1979 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 19th in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a 7–9 record, their first losing season since 1967.

The loss of Fran Tarkenton to retirement in the off-season meant third-year quarterback Tommy Kramer became the starter. The season also marked the end of an era as the last remaining original Viking, longtime defensive end Jim Marshall, retired after 19 seasons with the Vikings 20 in the NFL, having set league records for most consecutive games played (282) and consecutive starts (270). Counting playoff games, he had started in every one of the 289 games in Vikings history. Safety Paul Krause also retired after the season ended; he holds the league record with 81 career interceptions.

Baja 1000

The Baja 1000 is a Mexican off-road motorsport race held each year on the Baja California Peninsula. The race was founded by Ed Pearlman in 1967 and is sanctioned by SCORE International. It is one of the most prestigious off-road races in the world, attracting competitors from Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Guatemala, Holland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Yugoslavia and from every state in the United States, as well as the host country of Mexico. The race is the final round of a four-race annual series, including the SCORE Desert Challenge, the SCORE San Felipe 250 and the SCORE Baja 500. The 2017 Baja 1000 marked the 50th anniversary of the race.The Baja 1000 allows various types of vehicle classes to compete on the same course with classes for; cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and buggies. The course has remained relatively the same over the years, about every other event being either a point-to-point race from Ensenada to La Paz, or a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada. The name of the event can be misleading as the mileage varies for the type of event ("Loop" of 600 to 850 miles starting and finishing in Ensenada, or "Point to Point" also known as the 900.

Baja 500

The Baja 500 is a Mexican off-road motorsport race on the Baja California Peninsula that is sanctioned by SCORE International. The course has remained relatively the same over the years with the majority of events being a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada. Race course mileage varies and is usually slightly under 500 miles.

The 2016 round will be the 48th SCORE Baja 500 and occurring from June 1–5. The 2016 SCORE Baja 500 is the third round of a four-race series, including the SCORE Desert Challenge, the SCORE San Felipe 250 & the SCORE Baja 1000. The event includes various types of vehicle classes such as small and large bore motorcycles, stock Volkswagen, production vehicles, buggies, trucks, and custom fabricated race vehicles.

Bobby Bryant

Bobby Bryant (born January 24, 1944) is a former cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings during the days of the Purple People Eaters (1968–1980).

Bryant is second on the Vikings all-time list with 51 career interceptions, and recorded the longest interception return in team history (at that time) with a 63-yard pick six against the Dallas Cowboys in 1973. (Paul Krause leads with 53). He was named to the 1975 and 1976 NFC Pro Bowl squads. He is one of 11 Vikings to have played in all four of their Super Bowls in the 1970s. He also played on special teams returning kicks and punts and was known for blowing kisses to the crowd. In the 1976 NFC Championship game, Bobby Bryant returned a blocked FG attempt by the Los Angeles Rams' Tom Dempsey for a TD and had 2 interceptions in the game.

Ken Riley

Kenneth Jerome Riley (born August 6, 1947) is a former professional American football cornerback who played his entire career for the Cincinnati Bengals, in the American Football League in 1969 and in the NFL from 1970 through 1983. Riley recorded 65 interceptions in his career, which was the fourth most in Pro Football history at the time of his retirement behind three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Dick Lane, Emlen Tunnell and Paul Krause. But despite his accomplishments, Riley was never an exceptionally popular or well known player. In his 15 seasons, Riley was never once selected to play in the AFL All-Star Game or the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, and to this date has not been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

List of Central Michigan Chippewas in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Central Michigan Chippewas football players in the NFL Draft.

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are a professional American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season. The team competes in the National Football Conference (NFC) North division.During the 1960s, the Vikings' record was typical for an expansion franchise, but improved over the course of the decade, resulting in a Central Division title in 1968. In 1969, their dominant defense led to the Vikings' league championship, the last NFL championship prior to the merger of the NFL with the AFL.

The team plays its home games at U.S. Bank Stadium in the Downtown East section of Minneapolis.

Paul von Krause

Paul Georg Christoph von Krause (4 April 1852 – 17 December 1923) was a German jurist and politician.

Roy Winston

Roy Charles (Moonie) Winston (born September 15, 1940) is a former professional American football player. He played 15 seasons as a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Minnesota Vikings.

Roy Winston graduated from Louisiana State University, where he was a standout offensive guard and linebacker in the 10–7 LSU victory over arch-rival Ole Miss in 1961. Following the season he was named a unanimous All-American as LSU finished as Southeastern Conference co-champions with Alabama. LSU finished the regular season 9-1 and ranked fourth in the polls, then defeated Colorado 25-7 in the Orange Bowl.

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Vikings, for whom he played until he retired after the 1976 season. During that time, he was one of 11 players to play in all four of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl IV, Super Bowl VIII, Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl XI).[1] Winston started the first three Viking Super Bowls at left (strong side) linebacker; by time the Vikings reached Super Bowl XI, he was a reserve, replaced in the starting lineup by Matt Blair. Winston's counterpart at right (weak side) linebacker, Wally Hilgenberg, also played in all four Viking Super Bowls, as did fellow defenders Carl Eller, Alan Page, Jim Marshall and Paul Krause.

Winston delivered one of the most devastating tackles ever filmed. In a game against the Miami Dolphins in 1972, fullback Larry Csonka circled out into the flat to catch a pass. Just as he caught the pass, Winston hit him from behind with such force that the 240-pound Csonka was nearly cut in half. The tackle was so grotesque it was shown on The Tonight Show. Csonka dropped the ball and rolled on the field in agony. He thought his back was broken and literally crawled off the field (he was not seriously injured, however). After their respective retirements from the NFL, Winston and Csonka remained close friends. Csonka invited Winston to be his guest when Csonka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.In 1976, Winston was inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame; in 1991, into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches.

Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is a post-season college football all-star game played each January in Mobile, Alabama, which showcases the best NFL Draft prospects of those players who have completed their college eligibility. First played in 1950 in Jacksonville, Florida, the game moved to Mobile's Ladd–Peebles Stadium the next year. Produced by the non-profit Mobile Arts & Sports Association, the game is also a charitable fund-raiser benefiting various local and regional organizations with over US$5.9 million in donations over its history.

In 2007, telecast of the game moved from ESPN to NFL Network. In 2013, Reese's took over sponsorship, starting with the 2014 game. In January 2018, Reese's announced that they were extending their sponsorship of the game; a specific duration was not given.

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