Gopher FB Legend and Former T-Wolves President, Bob Stein Named to College Football HOF

Members of the Gophers football team, including No. 80 Chip Litten and No. 84 Bob Stein, watch their teammates play during the 1967 season. They were the last Minnesota team to win the Big Ten title. (Credit: University of Minnesota)

This is some pretty cool news that just dropped today. Bob Stein just became the 19th Minnesota Gopher Footballer to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. Stein is a legendary Minnesota Gophers defensive end who dominated the college football scene from 1966 to 1968. Well, he played defensive end but he also kicked He held the longest field goal record on campus for a long time, at 40 yards.

There isn’t much available for statistics, especially defensively, at that time. Stein was a 2-time all-american, however, and might have been even better in the classroom and after his college career (which is now HOF). While at the University of Minnesota, Bob was a National Scholar Athlete in 1969 and an Academic All-American.

He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 5th round of the 1969 Draft and would help the Chiefs upset the Vikings in the 1970 Super Bowl, at the age of 21. For ten years, he was the youngest to play in the Super Bowl. Beyond that ring, Stein’s NFL career wasn’t nearly as loud as his career in college, but it did last 8 seasons. WHILE PLAYING IN THE NFL, he also graduated in the top-10% of his class at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law.

When his playing career wrapped up, Stein would only go on to use that fresh law degree to help found the Minnesota Timberwolves, found the Gopher Goal Line Booster Club, and settle down with an incredibly successful law firm in the Twin Cities.

All of the other great things he has done, can be found with the University of Minnesota press release.

Bob Stein is just another great Minnesotan, who has done great things that benefit all of us. Here is some highlights of the Gophers during 1967, their best season with Stein on the roster.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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