Ralph Wenzel

Ralph Wenzel, who played for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers from 1966 to 1973, spent his career being largely unnoticed by fans and sportscasters transfixed by touchdown passes and spectacular runs. He toiled in the trenches of the interior line, where his job was keep his team's quarterback from being sacked by opposing defenders, and to open holes through which a running back could burst through and gain a few more yards toward a first down. It wasn't until after his playing days were long over that Wenzel's name made headlines on the sports pages, when he became a different sort of athletic hero.
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