Karl Sweetan
Date of birth: (1942-10-02)October 2, 1942
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Date of death: July 2, 2000(2000-07-02) (aged 57)
Place of death: Las Vegas, Nevada
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: Wake Forest
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 18 / Pick 249
 As player:
Detroit Lions
New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Rams
Playing stats at

Karl Robert Sweetan (October 2, 1942 in Dallas, Texas – July 2, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nevada) was a professional NFL quarterback who played in five NFL seasons from 1966 to 1970 for 3 different teams. He is tied with several other players for the record longest pass completion (99 yards to Pat Studstill on October 16, 1966) at Baltimore Colts Loss 45-14, 60,238 Fans at Memorial Stadium. It is notable that he was the first non-Redskins quarterback to accomplish this feat. He was the Lions starting quarterback during the filming of the movie Paper Lion.[1] He also saw playing time in the Canadian Football League with the 1964 Toronto Argonauts. Sweetan also gained notoriety of sorts later when it was alleged he tried to sell an NFL football playbook to another team; however, that was not proven.[2]


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