Keith Birlem
Date of birth: (1915-05-04)May 4, 1915
Place of birth: San Jose, California, United States
Date of death: May 7, 1943(1943-05-07) (aged 28)
Place of death: Polebrook, East Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Career information
Position(s): End
College: San José State
 As player:
Chicago Cardinals
Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Honors: San José State Hall of Fame[1]
Playing stats at
Military service
Allegiance: United States United States
Service/branch: United States Army Air Forces seal U.S. Army Air Forces
Years of service: 1942
Rank: 20px Major
Battles/wars: World War II

Keith G. Birlem (May 4, 1915 – May 7, 1943) was an American football end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and Chicago Cardinals.

Early life

Birlem was born San Jose, California and attended San Mateo High School.[2]

Football career

Birlem attended and played college football at San José State University, where he played quarterback. He was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame.[1] He then played in the National Football League for the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins in 1939.

Military career

Birlem, who reached the rank of Major during World War II, was killed trying to land a combat-damaged B-17 Bomber[3] in England in 1943.[4]


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