Niners Draft History – 1958

1958 (2nd pick in 1st round)

With the 9th pick of the 1958 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected, Charlie Krueger, defensive lineman, out of Texas A&M University. In college, Krueger was coached by the legendary Bear Bryant. Krueger started 168 of the 198 games he played in 15 long years with the 49ers. He was a Pro-Bowl selection during the 1960, and 1964 seasons. Krueger was a tough, physical player who often played through pain. Tom Landry suggested that “no one is able to gain running at Charlie Krueger.” Krueger recorded a safety in each of his first three seasons, had an interception and once scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery during his career. His walk from the game was a bitter one, as he would find out in 1979-six years after his retirement- that the 49ers allowed him to play even though the team had found out in 1963 that he was missing his ACL. The 49ers had to pay Krueger $66,000 in special damages and $2.3 million in general damages. Even after his accomplished career, and the 49ers having retired his #70 jersey, Krueger acknowledges that “Football doesn’t have much meaning to me anymore.” The link to a 1988 SI Story on Charlie Krueger: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1067475/index.htm

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