Ron Vander Kelen

Ronald Vander Kelen (November 6, 1939 – August 14, 2016) was an American football quarterback.[1] He played at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is best known for his MVP performance in the 1963 Rose Bowl, where he broke several Rose Bowl records, some of which still stand. In that game, he orchestrated a legendary fourth quarter comeback attempt against the USC Trojans in the first #1 (USC) versus #2 (Wisconsin) bowl game in college football history. Vander Kelen was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.[2]

Ron Vander Kelen
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Vander Kelen (#15, white) in the 1963 Rose Bowl
No. 11, 15
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:November 6, 1939
Preble, Wisconsin
Died:August 14, 2016 (aged 76)
Edina, Minnesota
Career information
College:Wisconsin
AFL draft:1963 / Round: 21 / Pick: 163
Undrafted:1963
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT:6-11
Yards:1375
QB Rating:50.0
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life

Vander Kelen was born on November 6, 1939 in Preble, Wisconsin, now part of Green Bay. He graduated from Preble High School in 1958.

College career

Vander Kelen played at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is best known for his MVP performance in the 1963 Rose Bowl, where he broke several Rose Bowl records, some of which still stand. In that game, he orchestrated a legendary fourth quarter comeback attempt against the USC Trojans in the first #1 (USC) versus #2 (Wisconsin) bowl game in college football history.

In August 1963, he was named the starter in the Chicago College All-Star Game (a game which pitted college all-stars selected from the graduating class from the previous season against the NFL champion) over a group of quarterbacks which included 1962 Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker. The college all-stars defeated the Green Bay Packers 20-17, with a 74-yard touchdown completion to his college teammate, Pat Richter, providing the winning touchdown. Vander Kelen was named the game MVP.[3] The 1963 game would prove to be the last time the college all-stars defeated the NFL champion in this series.

NFL career

He was not drafted in the 1963 NFL Draft and drafted in the 21st round of the 1963 AFL Draft by the New York Jets. He entered into a contract with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent. He was the backup to Fran Tarkenton from 1963 to 1966[3] and competed for the starting position after Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants in 1967. Vander Kelen also saw playing time in the CFL with the 1968 Calgary Stampeders.

Death

He died at the age of 76 on August 14, 2016.[4][5][6]

References

  1. ^ "Ron Vander Kelen NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  2. ^ "History - Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inductees". www.tournamentofroses.com. Archived from the original on October 26, 2011. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  3. ^ a b John Underwood (September 9, 2010). "Vander Kelen". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (August 14, 2016). "Ron Vander Kelen dies at age 76". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  5. ^ Galloway, Jason (August 16, 2016). "Badgers football: Former UW quarterback Ron Vander Kelen dies at 76". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  6. ^ Peters, Craig (August 16, 2016). "Vikings Send Condolences to Family of Ron Vander Kelen". Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved 2016-08-17.

External links

1960 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 1960 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1960 Big Ten Conference football season.

1962 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1962 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Ten Conference teams for the 1962 Big Ten Conference football season.

1962 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1962 Big Ten Conference football season was the 67th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1962 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1962 Wisconsin Badgers football team, under head coach Milt Bruhn, compiled an 8–2 record, won the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring offense (32.2 points per game), and was ranked No. 2 in the final AP Poll. After losing only one game in the regular season, the Badgers lost to USC in the 1963 Rose Bowl. Quarterback Ron Vander Kelen led the Big Ten with 1,582 passing yards and 1,839 total yards and won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the conference's most valuable player. End Pat Richter led the conference with 694 receiving yards and was a consensus first-team All-American.

The 1962 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, under head coach Murray Warmath, compiled a 6–2–1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (6.8 points allowed per game), finished in second place in the Big Ten, and was ranked No. 10 in the final AP Poll. Tackle Bobby Bell was a consensus first-team All-American, won the Outland Trophy as college football's best interior lineman, and finished third in the voting for the 1962 Heisman Trophy.

The 1962 Northwestern Wildcats football team, under head coach Ara Parseghian, compiled a 7–2 record and finished in third place in the conference. The Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll before losing consecutive games late in the season. They remained ranked No. 16 in the final Coaches' Poll. Quarterback Tom Myers totaled 1,537 passing yards, and center Jack Cvercko was a consensus first-team All-American.

The conference's other statistical leaders included Michigan State fullback George Saimes with 642 rushing yards and Wisconsin's Lou Holland with 72 points scored.

1962 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 1962 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1962 college football season. Wisconsin was the Big Ten Conference champion and was ranked second in both final major polls, released in early December. This remains the highest season-ending ranking in program history (since the polls' inception in 1936 (AP) and 1950 (coaches)).

Wisconsin met the #1 USC Trojans in the historic Rose Bowl, the first bowl game in college football history to pair the top two ranked teams in the nation. This Wisconsin team is also tightly linked to the resurgence of the program in the 1990s through All-American end Pat Richter, who returned as athletic director in 1989 and hired head coach Barry Alvarez.

1963 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1963 season was the Minnesota Vikings' third in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the team finished with a 5–8–1 record. Five wins in a season represented the most in the franchise's three-year history. 22-year-old Paul Flatley of Northwestern University was named the NFL's Rookie of the Year, a first for the fledgling franchise.

1963 Rose Bowl

The 1963 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1963, at the end of the 1962 college football season. It was the 49th Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 42–37. This is the first #1 versus #2 match-up to occur in a bowl game, although #1 versus #2 match-ups had occurred previously as regular season games (typically referred to as "Games of the Century"). Ron Vander Kelen, the Wisconsin quarterback and Pete Beathard, the USC quarterback, were both named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game. Down 42–14 in the fourth quarter, Vander Kelen put together a number of drives to score 23 unanswered points and put the Badgers in position to win the game. Due to the historic #1 versus #2 bowl match-up, the number of Rose Bowl records set, and the furious fourth quarter rally by Wisconsin, this game frequently appears on lists of "greatest bowl games of all time."

1964 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1964 season was the Minnesota Vikings' fourth in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm Van Brocklin, the team finished with an 8–5–1 record, the most wins they had accrued in a season since joining the league. To date, this is the only season the Vikings wore white jerseys for their home games.

1965 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1965 season was the Minnesota Vikings' fifth in the National Football League. Under head coach Norm van Brocklin, the team finished with a 7–7 record.

1966 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1966 season was the Minnesota Vikings' sixth in the National Football League. Sixth-year head coach Norm Van Brocklin resigned at the end of the season, after the team finished with a 4–9–1 record.

Chicago Tribune Silver Football

The Chicago Tribune Silver Football is awarded by the Chicago Tribune to the college football player determined to be the best player from the Big Ten Conference. The award has been presented annually since 1924, when Red Grange of Illinois was the award's first recipient.The winner of the Silver Football is determined by a vote of Big Ten head football coaches. Each coach submits a two-player ballot with a first and second choice, and coaches cannot vote for players on their own team. The first-place vote receives two points and the second-place vote receives one point.Coaches and media of the Big Ten also make annual selections for additional individual honors.

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George Howard Shaw (July 25, 1933 – January 3, 1998) was an American football quarterback who played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

Kelen

Kelen may refer to:

Kēlen, a constructed language

Kelen, a surname; notable people include:

Christopher Kelen (born 1958), Australian academic, writer and artist

István Kelen (1912–2003),Hungarian table tennis player, journalist and playwright

János Kelen (1911–1991), Hungarian long-distance runner

József Kelen (1892–1939), Hungarian engineer and socialist

Michael A. Kelen (born 1948), Canadian judge

Ron Vander Kelen (1939–2016), American football player

S. K. Kelen (born 1956), Australian poet and educator

Tibor Kelen (1938–2001), Hungarian opera singer and cantor

Kelen, a given name; notable people include:

Kelen Coleman (born 1984), American actress

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