He is 68 years old and is a Pisces.

"[3] Before entering the National Football League Gradishar played in the Hula Bowl and the Coaches' All-American game in 1974. Hopefully, that day comes soon, while Gradishar can still enjoy it. NFL Defensive Player of the Year. to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions. Randy Gradishar is a member of the following lists: Promise Keepers, 1952 births and American football linebackers.

His zodiac sign is Pisces. and more from FamousFix.com. Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton remembers asking Walter Payton, "Walter, who gave you the hardest hit you ever took in the NFL?".

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: Randy Gradishar #52 of the Denver Broncos tackles Rocky Bleier #20 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during an NFL football game October 22, 1979 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [18] Additionally, Gradishar was the Football Digest NFL Linebacker of the year in 1978, an honor he repeated in 1979.

I had a great deal of respect for him when I was at Dallas before I ever went to Denver. Teammate Jim Jensen said Gradishar and Roger Staubach were the two best players he ever took the field with. Randy was also academic All-American in 1973. After I arrived in Denver and saw what kind of a leader he was my respect for him grew. Currently the Corporate Communications Ambassador for the Phil Long car dealerships in. The Broncos returned to the playoffs in 1983, led by rookie quarterback John Elway and Gradishar, as he capped off his career with his seventh Pro Bowl in ten NFL seasons. In 1977, Gradishar assisted the Broncos to Super Bowl XII, their very first.

Age 65 years old. AKA Randy Charles Gradishar. Gradishar was drafted 14th overall in the 1974 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Trainers and doctors came running onto the field. I go back to the huddle and tell Danny that I am wide open. But someone like a Randy Gradishar was easy to judge because of what he produced. Randy Gradishar’s height 6′ 3″ & Weight 233 lbs. Not one. In recent times only Gradishar and Lambert could do that". Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions. Because Gradishar has not been on a football field since 1983, many fans are unaware of just how good he was. [30] Since his retirement, he has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame several times, but has yet to be enshrined. Born: 3-Mar-1952 Birthplace: Warren, OH Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Football Nationality: United States Executive summary: Denver Broncos LB Wife: Beth (two daughters, one son) Daughter: Paige Daughter: Meredith Son: Mark High School: Champion High School, Champion, OH (1970) He is the only player on the All-Decade Team from the 1970s who is not already in the Hall. [22] Randy had one of his best seasons as he was consensus All-Pro and All-AFC as well as being voted to the Pro Bowl. [11], He became a starter midway though his rookie season and was named to his first Pro Bowl after the 1975 season, his third in the NFL. According to Hampton, Payton replied, “Randy Gradishar, 1978”. He played along with Tom Jackson as part of the Orange Crush Defense and is considered by some to be the greatest defensive player in Broncos history. In it, Tony Dorsett recalled the hit Gradishar gave him in a 1980 game, "I ran a pass pattern and was wide open but Danny White did not see me. "[26] In 2006 was named by Riddell author Jonathan Rand as one of the Top 25 linebackers of all-time.

However, under new coach Dan Reeves the Bronco defense rebounded in 1981, ranking 6th in total defense and 9th in fewest points allowed as Broncos finished the season with a record of 10-6. In addition to yet another snub for Gradishar, Tom Flores was nominated as the head coaching candidate to get the nod next year, meaning that honor won’t go to Mike Shanahan. Explore Randy Gradishar's biography, personal life, family and real age. [23], In January 2008, he was voted by a panel of former NFL players and coaches to Pro Football Weekly 's All-Time 3-4 defensive team along with Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor, Andre Tippett, Howie Long, Lee Roy Selmon, and Curley Culp.

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