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Roy Winston

Born: Sep 15, 1940

Birthplace: Baton Rouge

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Roy Winston

Date of Birth : Sep 15, 1940
Birth Place : Baton Rouge

Roy Charles Winston is a former professional American football player. Roy Winston graduated from Louisiana State University, where he was a standout offensive guard in the 10-7 LSU victory over arch-rival Ole Miss in 1961. Winston played 15 seasons in the National Football League, all with the Minnesota Vikings. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Vikings, for whom he played until he retired after the 1976 season. During that time, he was one of 11 players to play in all four of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances. Winston delivered one of the most devastating tackles ever filmed. In a game against the Miami Dolphins in 1972, fullback Larry Csonka circled out into the flat to catch a pass. Just as he caught the pass, Winston hit him from behind with such force that the 240-pound Csonka was nearly cut in half. The tackle was so grotesque it was shown on The Tonight Show. Csonka dropped the ball and rolled on the field in agony. He thought his back was broken and literally crawled off the field. After their respective retirements from the NFL, Winston and Csonka remained close friends.


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