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Karl Kassulke

Born: Mar 20, 1941

Death: Oct 26, 2008

Birthplace: Milwaukee

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Karl Kassulke

Date of Birth : Mar 20, 1941
Date of Death : Oct 26, 2008
Birth Place : Milwaukee

Karl Otto Kassulke was a professional American football player. Kassulke graduated from Drake University, where he starred as a safety. He played 10 seasons in the National Football League, all with the Minnesota Vikings. He started in Super Bowl IV and the next season was selected to the Pro Bowl. In 1973 he suffered a motorcycle accident on the way to training camp that left him paralyzed from the waist down. After his playing career, Kassulke worked with Wings Outreach, a Christian Ministry to the disabled. Kassulke was immortalized in NFL lore by NFL Films' official highlight film for Super Bowl IV. Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, who was wired for sound by NFL Films executive producer Ed Sabol, noted the confusion in the Vikings' defense due to the Chiefs' shifting offense and quipped "Kassulke was running around there like it was a Chinese fire drill".


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