|No. 65, 68|
|Born:||April 24, 1942|
|Died:||December 6, 1990 48) (aged|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Opelousas (LA)|
|NFL Draft:||1964 / Round: 3 / Pick: 37|
|AFL Draft:||1964 / Round: 14 / Pick: 108|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Joseph Remi Prudhomme (April 24, 1942 – December 6, 1990) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League and the American Football League. He attended Louisiana State University, where he was an All-American defensive tackle in 1964 for the LSU Tigers.
Even though he was injured in 1965 and thus did not dress for a regular season game for the Bills, he was given an American Football League Championship ring for the 1965 season.
Prudhomme played for the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs in 1968 and 1969, thus also earning a 1969 AFL Championship ring and a ring from the Chiefs victory over the NFL's Minnesota Vikings in the fourth and final AFL-NFL World Championship Game, better known as Super Bowl IV. In that game, he recovered a Vikings fumble at the Minnesota 19 to set up Mike Garrett's five-yard touchdown run. He later played for the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 1971 and 1972.
In 1972, Prudhomme became the starting center for the Bills,playing in 6 of 14 games, splitting time with John Matlock and replacing Bruce Jarvis.
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Super Bowl IV, the fourth and final AFL–NFL World Championship Game in professional American football, was played on January 11, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The American Football League (AFL) champion Kansas City Chiefs defeated the National Football League (NFL) champion Minnesota Vikings by the score of 23–7. This victory by the AFL squared the Super Bowl series with the NFL at two games apiece as the two leagues merged into one after the game.
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