Dan Klecko, Setting the Offensive and Defensive Standards

Signature SportsCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 21:  Dan Klecko #61 of the Indianapolis Colts runs back to the bench after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game on January 21, 2007 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

In the NFL, almost every player plays on one side of the ball, offense or defense (not including special teams). But one player is breaking that barrier: Daniel Klecko. He plays both offense and defense.

Some players have done this (most only excel at one position) but Dan has been simply amazing in both roles. Klecko can barrel up the gut and catch passes as a full back or stuff the run and sack the quarterback as a defensive tackle.

Dan Klecko, currently of the Philadelphia Eagles, was drafted in 2003 by the New England Patriots. This is where Klecko started excelling at fullback, where he blocked for five of the Patriots' nine rushing touchdowns all season.

Klecko lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory twice, earning himself his first two rings. After getting bored with coaching Tom Brady on how to be a good quarterback, Klecko left for the Indianapolis Colts.

In Indianapolis is where history was set. On December 31st, 2006, Dan Klecko scored his first NFL touchdown on a four-yard pass from his own protege, Peyton Manning.

Later that season Klecko caught another touchdown pass again the New England Patriots, his former team. The Colts went onto win that game after the huge moral boost from Klecko's touchdown. The Indianapolis Klecko's...I mean Colts, later went onto win the Super Bowl. This earned Klecko his third ring.

Then, on Mar. 14, 2008 Dan Klecko signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. This is one of the greatest dates in the Eagles history. The Eagles brought in Klecko to fill in for the open Full-back position, but Klecko also tabled at Defensive tackle.

In the first game of the 2008 season Dan Klecko sacked Rams Quarterback Marc Bulger. Klecko went on to rack up a career high two sacks in the season. This number may be lower then what you would expect from Klecko but he only played Defensive Tackle for the first five or six games.

Klecko finished the season with 4 tackles, 2 sacks*, 6 Receptions*, 36 Yards*, 6.0 YPC* (Yards per catch), and 2 first downs*. (Note: *= career high).

This is a season for the ages. Klecko has left his mark already, since he has gone to the Patriots, Tom Brady (Klecko's former protege got 50 Touchdowns in a single season and after he left the Colts, Peyton Manning (Klecko's other protege) won the NFL's MVP.

Klecko is no doubt a future Hall of Famer and not to mention a man everyone can look up to in his integrity, intensity, and ability to play football.


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