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|Born:||July 15, 1938|
|Died:||June 7, 2020 81) (aged|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
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Paul "Rocky" Rochester (July 15, 1938 – June 7, 2020)was an American professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the American Football League (AFL). He played for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs (1960–1963) and the New York Jets (1964–1969). He played college football at Michigan State University.
He was an AFL All-Star in 1961, and he earned an AFL Championship ring with the New York Jets in 1968 and had the only sack of the game; as well as a World Championship with the Jets after the 1968 season, when he was team co-captain in the Jets' upset of the heavily favored NFL Champion Baltimore Colts. Rochester is one of only twenty players who played the entire ten years of the AFL's existence.
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