Charles "Charlie" Krueger '58 February 8, 2021 10:33 AM updated: February 9, 2021 9:51 AM
Charles Andrew Krueger
January 28, 1937 - February 05, 2021
Charlie Krueger, a member of the Texas A&M Athletics, National Football Foundation and San Francisco 49ers Halls of Fame, died Friday at the age of 84.
Charles Andrew Krueger, who was born in nearby Caldwell, Texas, starred as a two-way lineman for Paul "Bear" Bryant's Aggies from 1955-57. He was a two-time All-Southwest Conference and All-America selection in 1956 and 1957, and he helped lead the Aggies to the 1956 SWC Championship and cleared the way for John David Crow in his Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1957.
Krueger was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in 1972 and the NFF Hall of Fame in 1983. Additionally, he was inducted in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
After his college career, Krueger played 16 years in the NFL, all with the San Francisco 49ers who drafted him in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft. Krueger was one of the longest tenured players in 49ers' history, playing in 198 games from 1958-73 and he was an All-Pro selection at defensive tackle in 1960, 1965 and 1966. His No. 70 jersey was retired by the 49ers in 1974 and he joined the club's Hall of Fame in 2009.
"Charlie was known as the 'Textbook Tackle' for his reputation as a technician and his tremendous strength," the San Francisco 49ers said in a statement. "He was a tough, resilient and smart player who looked out for his teammates, both on and off the field."
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A formal obituary is forthcoming.