|Born:||January 16, 1941|
|Died:||September 28, 2012 71) (aged|
|AFL draft:||1962 / Round: 25|
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Samuel Kenneth Gruneisen (January 16, 1941 – September 28, 2012)was an American football player and coach. He played professionally as a center in the American Football League (ALF) for the San Diego Chargers and in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chargers and Houston Oilers. Gruneisen played college football Villanova University. He kicked two point after touchdowns and a 26-yard field goal in Villanova's 17–9 victory over Wichita State in the 1961 Sun Bowl.
After his playing career, Gruneisen coached at several levels of the sport.
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