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Jack Rudnay

Jack Rudnay

C

1969-1982

Born: November 20, 1947 (Cleveland, OH)

College: Northwestern

Drafted: By Chiefs, 1969 / 4th Rd (101st overall)

Career Highlights:

  • All-AFC, 1973-1974
  • AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, 1973-76
  • All-Pro, 1973-75, 1979
  • Mack Lee Hill Award winner, 1970
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee, 1994

The center from Northwestern won a starting job in 1970 and played in 144 straight games for the Chiefs, earning All-Pro honors from 1973-75 and 1979. With his famously battered nose and bushy beard, Rudnay was the shining face of the franchise in some of its darkest seasons. “The second effort is always there,” said coach Marv Levy. “Jack goes to the whistle on every down.” His penchant for pranks earned him the nickname of “The Joker,” but he was among the most intense of the Chiefs’ greats, a player who took every loss hard. “Jack gets very emotional after games,” said teammate MacArthur Lane. “He’s a street fighter, he hates losing with a passion.”

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