American Football Database
Joe Klopfenstein
No. --     Free Agent
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-11-09) November 9, 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth: Denver, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Debuted in 2006 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Big 12 (2003)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2004)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2005)
  • NFL All-Rookie Team (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Receptions     33
Receiving yards     386
Receiving TDs     2
Stats at

Joe Klopfenstein (born November 9, 1983) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado.

Early years

He played high school football at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado. Klopfenstein First-team All-State and All-Grand Peaks League honors as a defensive end. He was a Second-team All-GPL linebacker as a junior and honorable mention during his sophomore campaign. He was a slotback during his senior year, rushing 16 times for 103 yards and catching 10 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. He had Added 53 tackles on defense (21 solos), with 14 stops for losses including eight quarterback sacks, seven pressures and three passes broken up. He had 50 tackles as a junior (12 TFL, seven sacks), five pressures and a forced fumble. As a sophomore he had 45 tackles with four sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery. An all-around player, he played offensive guard as sophomore and junior, and quarterback as a freshman and handled place-kicks on occasion and kicked off as well. He lettered once in baseball (first baseman) and in track (ran the 200 meters and relays as a senior) and was an Honor Roll student.

College career

He played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes, where he recorded 1,076 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns.[1] Klopfenstein appeared in seven games as a true freshman in 2002 at Colorado, but did not catch any passes. The following year, Klopfenstein earned All-Big 12 Conference (honorable mention), as he started 10 games. He finished with 190 yards and four touchdowns on 20 receptions (9.5 avg) as a sophomore. In 2004, he was a Second-team All-Big 12 pick, starting 12 times for the Buffs. Klopfenstein ranked third on the team with 33 catches for 418 yards (12.7 avg) and five touchdowns. Klopfenstein was First-team All-Big 12 status as a senior. He caught 33 passes for 468 yards (14.5 avg) and four scores. He majored in Sociology.

Professional career


Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-5¾ * 255 lb * 4.56 ** 1.68 * 2.78 * 4.24 * 7.40 * 38 in. * 9'04" ** 27 * 31 *

(* represents NFL Combine **represents Colorado Pro Day)

(403-pound bench press, 504-pound squat, 347-pound incline press)[2]

St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams selected Klopfenstein in the second round (46th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. On July 26, 2006, he signed a 4-year $2.91 million contract with the Rams.[3][4] In his rookie year, he made 20 receptions for 226 yards and one touchdown versus the Detroit Lions on October 1, 2006. In his second season with the Rams, Klopfenstein started in 11 games catching two passes for 37 yards. He caught a career-long 36-yard touchdown pass at the Arizona Cardinals on December 30, 2007.[5]

The Rams waived Klopfenstein on September 1, 2009.

Buffalo Bills

Klopfenstein was signed by the Buffalo Bills on November 17. He was waived on November 28 and later re-signed on December 8. He was waived again on December 16 when the team claimed guard Richie Incognito. On December 18, Klopenstein was re-signed again after Kendall Simmons was placed on Injured Reserve.

On October 6, 2010, Klopfenstein was cut from injured reserve by the Buffalo Bills.[6]

Career Records

In 4 NFL seasons, Joe Klopfenstein has 34 receptions for 397 yards (11.7 average) and 2 touchdowns.


Klopfenstein is a cousin of musician Scott Klopfenstein, of the band Reel Big Fish.


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