John Offerdahl
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-08-17) August 17, 1964 (age 56)
Place of birth: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Career information
College: Western Michigan
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Debuted in 1986 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1993 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Sacks     9½
Interceptions     4
Games     89
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John Offerdahl (born August 17, 1964 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin) is an American former professional football player who played his entire eight-year career with the Miami Dolphins from 1986 to 1993. He was a five time Pro Bowler from his rookie year in 1986 to 1990.

After graduating from Fort Atkinson High School in Wisconsin, Offerdahl played college football for Western Michigan University and was drafted in the second round in the 1986 NFL Draft. While at WMU Offerdahl recorded 694 career tackles, still a school record.[1]

Business ventures

Offerdahl currently owns a restaurant called Offerdahl's Cafe Grill with seven locations in South Florida. Offerdahl had a series of bagel restaurants in South Florida which were purchased by Boston Market, later turning into Einstein Brothers bagels. The currently owned Offerdahl's Cafe Grills have no ownership ties with Einstein Brothers, which is owned by New World Restaurant Group.


While attending Western Michigan he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. He and his wife Lynn live in Fort Lauderdale with their three children, Alexandra, Drew and Jameson.


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