Henry Schmidt (American football)

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Henry Schmidt
No. 74, 76
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1935-09-28)September 28, 1935
South Gate, California, U.S.
Died:May 17, 2021(2021-05-17) (aged 85)
La Mesa, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) John C. Fremont
College: Trinity (TX)
NFL Draft: 1958  / Round: 6 / Pick: 71
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:99
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Henry Joseph (Hank) Schmidt (September 28, 1935 – May 17, 2021) was an American professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the American Football League (AFL).


Professional career

Schmidt played collegiately at the University of Southern California and professionally between 1959 and 1966, starting with the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers and moving to the new American Football League's San Diego Chargers in 1961. He played on the Buffalo Bills 1965 AFL Champions in 1965, earning a place in that year's AFL All-Star Team. He finished his professional football career in 1966 with the AFL's New York Jets.

He died on May 17, 2021, in La Mesa, California at age 85. [1]

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  1. "Henry Schmidt Obituary (1935 - 2021) - La Mesa, CA - San Diego Union-Tribune". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2021-05-24.