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Jim Langer

Jim Langer
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Langer in 1969
No. 62
Position:Center, offensive guard
Personal information
Born:(1948-05-16)May 16, 1948
Little Falls, Minnesota
Died:August 29, 2019(2019-08-29) (aged 71)
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Royalton (MN)
College:South Dakota State
Undrafted:1970
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:151
Games started:110
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James John Langer (May 16, 1948 - August 29, 2019)[1] was an American football center who played for the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. BBC Sport reported him as one of the greatest centers in NFL history.[2] Langer was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1987.[3]

He is one of only four Dolphins players to get elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility; the others being Dan Marino, Paul Warfield, and Jason Taylor.[4]

College career

Langer was a native of Little Falls, Minnesota.[5] He spent his early life at Royalton and graduated from the Royalton High School in 1966.[5] He played middle linebacker at South Dakota State University, where in 1969 he was Honorable Mention All-America. After graduating South Dakota State University with a B.S. in economics, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in 1970, but was cut during training camp. Langer signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins and saw limited action for his first 2 seasons.[1]

Professional career

Miami Dolphins

Langer became the starter at center in the 1972 season. Between 1970 and 1979, he played 128 consecutive matches for the Dolphins.[2] Among these matches were the 1972 and 1973 Super Bowl victories.[2]

In 1972, during the Super Bowl VII he played every offensive snap.[5] The Dolphins win-loss figure in the season was 17-0 when it won the Super Bowl VII. Dolphins were the only unbeaten, untied team in the history of league.[5]

In 1973, during the Super Bowl VIII, the Dolphins again became the champions after they defeated the Vikings 24-7.[5] Langer played decisive roles in the match where the ball was run 53 times for 196 yards by the Dolphins.[5]

During a 6-year stretch in the mid-1970s, Langer was named AP First-team All-Pro 3 times 1974, 1975, and 1977, and Second-team Team All-Pro thrice, in 1973, 1976, and 1978. He also appeared in the Pro Bowl each of those seasons. Langer played in three Super Bowls with the Dolphins, losing in Super Bowl VI, but winning in Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII.[1][6] In 1975, he was voted as the Dolphins' most valuable player while serving as an offensive lineman.[7] He played ten seasons with the Dolphins.[1] A knee injury ended his playing days with Miami nine games into the 1979 season with seven games still left.[5]

Minnesota Vikings

Langer wanted to stay closer to his home, and accordingly asked to be traded to the Vikings in 1980.[5] He was traded to the Minnesota Vikings prior to the 1980 season, playing his final 2 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before retiring after the 1981 campaign.[2] He played 22 games as a Viking player from his overall 151 games. He also made one of his total 110 starts with the Vikings.[5]

His final participation in the NFL was in 1981.[7] By this time, Langer was a six-time Pro Bowler, four-time first-team All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion.[5]

Post NFL career

Around the middle of the decade of 1980s, he worked in the WJON AM 1240 radio station as a broadcaster. He handled the color commentator duties for the football broadcasts of St. Cloud State University Huskies.[8]

Langer was inducted to the Dolphins Honor Roll and in the Dolphins Walk of Fame.[1]

The Jim Langer Award is presented to the nation's top NCAA Division II lineman each year in his honor.[6]

In 2016, the football field of Royalton High School was named after Langer. Out of the 97 high school football fields in America, it was the only field that was an NFL Hometown Hall of Fame field. [9]

Personal life

He lived in Ramsey, Minnesota, had married Linda and had four children.[2][1]

In 2013, President Barack Obama honored the entire 1972 Perfect Season Dolphins at an event in the White House, but Langer declined to attend for political reasons.[10][11][12] He told sports columnist Dave Hyde of Ft. Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel "We've got some real moral compass issues in Washington...I don't want to be in a room with those people and pretend I'm having a good time. I can't do that. If that [angers] people, so be it."[13]

According to his wife Linda, Langer died on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at a hospital near his home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota because of a sudden heart-related issue.[7]

To honour his contributions, the Hall of Fame flag was flown at half-staff in Canton, Ohio. With Langer's death, he was the third player from the 1972 Dolphins team to die in 2019. Bob Kuchenberg and Nick Buoniconti also died in 2019. [9]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "HOF center, Dolphins great Jim Langer dies at 71". NFL.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jim Langer: Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer dies aged 71". August 30, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Jim Langer Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". www.profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Miami Dolphins: Former center and Hall of Famer Jim Langer has died". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Langer, a Minnesota native, dies at 71". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ a b Kraczkowski, Kevin (May 14, 2012). "Miami Dolphins All-Time Top 100 Players: 10. Jim Langer". The Phinsider. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Dolphins Hall of Fame center Jim Langer, 71, dies". ESPN. August 30, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Press, The Associated. "Hall of Fame Center Jim Langer Dies at 71". AM 1240 WJON. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Royalton high school grad, ex-Dolphins Hall of Fame center Jim Langer dies at 71". St. Cloud Times. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Cote, Greg (August 20, 2013). "White House invite a last stamp of approval for '72 Miami Dolphins". MiamiHerald.com. Miami Herald Media. Archived from the original on August 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ Darlington, Jim (August 20, 2013). "President Obama honors 1972 Miami Dolphins at White House". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ McIntyre, Brian (August 20, 2013). "Three members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins to skip White House visit for political reasons". Sports.yahoo.com. Shutdown Corner. Yahoo!. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Hyde, Dave (August 17, 2013). "At least three '72 Dolphins refuse White House invite". Sun-Sentinel.com. Howard Greenberg (Tribune Company). Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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