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Cliff Olander
No. 20, 11     
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-05-15) May 15, 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth: Hartford, Connecticut
Career information
College: New Mexico State
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 5 / Pick: 128
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* San Diego Chargers ( 1977 1979)
 As coach:
* Irvin High School (1992–2005)
Offensive coordinator
Career highlights and awards
* Grey Cup champion (1982)
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Clifford Valmore Olander (born May 15, 1955) is a former American football quarterback who played three seasons with the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 1977 NFL Draft. He played college football at New Mexico State University. He was also a member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Early years and college careerEdit

Olander first attended Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas before transferring to Arvada High School in Arvada, Colorado.[1]

Olander was a quarterback and punter for the New Mexico State Aggies.[2][3] He recorded career passing totals of 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Olander was selected by the San Diego Chargers of the NFL with the 128th pick in the 1977 NFL Draft. He played for the Chargers from 1977 to 1979. He made his only start in a 12-7 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders on November 20, 1977.[4][5] Olander was a member of the NFL's New York Giants from 1980 to 1981.[6] He was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL from 1982 to 1983, winning the 70th Grey Cup in 1982. He was released by the Eskimos in June 1983.[7]

In January 1984, the Michigan Panthers of the United States Football League (USFL) traded Ken Bungarda to the Arizona Wranglers for the rights to Olander.[8] In February 1984, he was released by the Panthers and signed by the Oklahoma Outlaws.[9][10]

Coaching careerEdit

Olander was offensive coordinator of the Irvin High School Rockets from 1992 to 2005. He became head coach in August 2005 and later resigned in January 2011.[11][12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "CLIFF OLANDER". profootballarchives.com. Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150908222412/http://www.profootballarchives.com/olan00200.html. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cliff Olander". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/cliff-olander-1.html. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  3. Muench, Joe (September 13, 1976). "Vernon Toe Golden: Best In Aggies' History". Las Cruces Sun-News. https://www.newspapers.com/image/35359580/?terms=Cliff%2BOlander%2Bpunter. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  4. "Oakland Raiders 7 at San Diego Chargers 12". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197711200sdg.htm. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  5. "Jack's Corner - Looking Back At Former Aggie Cliff Olander". nmstatesports.com. September 28, 2005. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150503012242/http://www.nmstatesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1900&ATCLID=194248. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  6. "Cliff Olander". nfl.com. http://www.nfl.com/player/cliffolander/2522428/profile. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  7. Mullick, Rajeev. "HISTORY >> CFL Legends >> Matt Dunigan". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on October 21, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151021131221/http://www.cfl.ca/page/his_legends_dunigan. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  8. "Transactions". nytimes.com. January 25, 1984. https://www.nytimes.com/1984/01/25/sports/transactions-200486.html. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  9. "Transactions". nytimes.com. February 14, 1984. https://www.nytimes.com/1984/02/14/sports/transactions-245864.html. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  10. "Outlaws Add Ex-KU Back Bell to Roster". newsok.com. February 16, 1984. http://newsok.com/article/2057943. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  11. Erfort, John (August 2, 2005). "Olander begins a new era at Irvin". borderlandnews.com. http://www.zoominfo.com/CachedPage/?archive_id=0&page_id=1199267715&page_url=//www.borderlandnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050802/SPORTS01/508020334/1002/ARCHIVES&page_last_updated=2005-08-02T10:53:45&firstName=Cliff&lastName=Olander. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  12. Chavez, Felix (January 18, 2011). "Cliff Olander resigns as coach of Irvin football program". elpasotimes.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. https://archive.is/20150503142035/http://blogs.elpasotimes.com/highschoolsports/2011/01/18/cliff-olander-resigns-as-coach-of-irvin-football-program/. Retrieved May 3, 2015.

External linksEdit

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