Center / Offensive Guard
Date of birth: May 16, 1948
Place of birth: Little Falls, Minnesota
: High School Royalton (MN)
: College South Dakota State
Debuted in 1970 for the Miami Dolphins
Last played in 1981 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career highlights and awards
6× Pro Bowl selection ( 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
4× First-team All-Pro selection ( 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)
2× Second-team All-Pro selection ( 1973, 1978)
3× AFC Champion (1971, 1972, 1973)
2× Super Bowl Champion (VII, VIII)
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Pro Football Hall of Fame James John Langer (born May 16, 1948) is a former American football center who played for the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. He is considered one of the greatest NFL centers of all time and a hard working and quick blocker. Langer was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
middle linebacker at South Dakota State University, where in 1969 he was Honorable Mention All-America. Langer was signed by the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in 1970, but was cut during training camp. Langer signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins where for his first 2 seasons he saw limited action.
Langer became the
starter at center in the 1972 season and played in 141 consecutive games over 8 seasons until a knee injury ended his playing days with Miami nine games into the 1979 season. Langer was traded to the Minnesota Vikings prior to the 1980 season, playing 2 seasons with the Vikings before retiring after the 1981 campaign.
During a 6-year stretch in the mid-1970s, Langer was named First-team All-Pro 4 times 1974-1977, and Second-team Team All-Pro twice, in 1973 and 1978. He also appeared in the
Pro Bowl each of those seasons. Langer played in three Super Bowls with the Dolphins.
The Jim Langer Award is presented to the nation's top
Division II lineman each year in his honor.
Langer works in the truck accessory business, including Budget Truck Rental.
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