Bob Breitenstein (offensive lineman)

Bob Breitenstein
No. 76, 75, 65
Position: Tackle / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-05-08) May 8, 1943
Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Farmington (NM)
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21
AFL draft: 1965 / Round: 5 / Pick: 33
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 58
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Robert Corr Breitenstein (born May 8, 1943) is a former a professional American football player in the American Football League and National Football League for the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at the University of Tulsa. He is distinguished as being the first Argentine to play in the National Football League.

Early years

Breitenstein attended Farmington High School, where he was a teammate of future NFL player Ralph Neely.[1]

He accepted a scholarship from the University of Tulsa and was a part of the team that defeated Ole Miss, 14-7 in the 1964 Bluebonnet Bowl.

In 1994, he was inducted into the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Denver Broncos

Breitenstein was selected in the fifth round (33rd overall) of the 1965 AFL draft by the Denver Broncos. He was also selected by the Washington Redskins in the second round (21st overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft.[2] He signed with the Broncos, although he later tried to invalidate the contract.[3]

As a rookie he shared the starter left tackle position with Lee Bernet.[4] The next year he became the regular starter. He was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a fifth round draft choice (#117-Mike Bragg).

Minnesota Vikings

On October 4, 1967, he was activated from the taxi squad and played in 11 games. On August 5, 1968, he walked out of training camp in a contract dispute and was placed on the reserve list.[5] On October 19, he was traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a draft pick.[6]

Chicago Bears

In 1968, he was declared inactive in 9 games. He was waived on September 16, 1969.[7]

Atlanta Falcons

In 1969, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and played in 10 games. In 1970, after playing in 7 games, he was lost for the year with a knee injury.[8] An automovile accident 9 days before the 1971 training camp complicated the injury and was not able to recover. He was released on August 23.[9]

Personal information

After football, he owned and operated an insurance agency. He was a vice president of the National Football League Players Association for the state of Oklahoma. He appeared in the movie Brian's Song, when the director used actual footage, showing him helping cart running back Gale Sayers off on a stretcher.[10]


  1. "Bill Connors". Tulsa World. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  2. "'Skins Lose First Two Choices". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  3. "Breitenstein wants out of his contract". The Free Lance-Star. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  4. "Camp-walking Makes Denver Coach Happy". The Free Lance-Star. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  5. "Vikings Drop Two, Add One". The Evening Independent. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  6. "Transactions". Arizona Republic. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  7. "Some Veterans Players Go". The Morning Record. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  8. "Falcons Lose Vet Tackle". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  9. "Falcons Trim Roster By 4; Small, Snyder Rejoin Team". Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  10. "Breitenstein's Induction Set". Tulsa World. Retrieved April 17, 2016.

University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame bio.

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