Bob Breitenstein Obituary, Death – Bob Breitenstein, a former offensive lineman in the AFL and NFL, passed away on March 13, 2019. Age-wise, he was 79. Breitenstein played college football while attending the University of Tulsa. In 1965, he attempted to enter the professional football league.
With the 33rd overall pick in the fifth round of the 1965 American Football League draught, the Denver Broncos selected Breitenstein. Moreover, he was selected by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 1965 NFL Draft (21st overall). He then entered into a contract with the Broncos and tried to have it canceled out of court after doing so. He fought Lee Bernet for the starting left tackle job in his first season.
He became a team starter the next season. He played his first two seasons with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round draught selection. On October 4, 1967, he was elevated from the taxi squad, and he participated in 11 more games after that. He left training camp on August 5, 1968, because of a dispute with his contract, and as a result, he was put on the reserve list.
He was injured and put on the reserve list after being dealt to the Bears. He got a contract to play with the Atlanta Falcons in 1969, and he took part in 10 of the team’s contests. In 1970, he participated in just seven games before sustaining a knee injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year.
Nine days prior to the 1971 training camp, he was further injured in a vehicle accident, which complicated his recovery. He was given permission to leave jail on August 23. He still holds the distinction of becoming the first Argentine-born football player to play in the National Football League’s history. He was honored by being inducted into the University of Tulsa’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. I send my sincere sympathies to his family and friends; may he finally find peace in his death.