Ordell Braase
No. 81     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1932-03-13) March 13, 1932 (age 88)
Place of birth: Mitchell, South Dakota, USA
Career information
College: University of South Dakota
NFL Draft: 1954 / Round: 14 / Pick: 160
Debuted in 1957 for the Baltimore Colts
Last played in 1968 for the Baltimore Colts
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× NFL Champion (NFL Championships) winner (1958, 1959) (pre-Superbowl)
  • Pro Bowl selection (1966, 1967)
  • South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame[1]
Games played - started     157-14
Fumble recoveries     7
Touchdowns     2
Stats at

Ordell Wayne Braase (born March 13, 1932, in Mitchell, South Dakota) is a retired American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played with the Baltimore Colts throughout his career. While Braase was with the Colts they won the pre-Super Bowl-era NFL Championship two times, in 1958 and 1959. He was a Pro Bowl pick in both 1966 and 1967. In his final season (1968), the Colts went to Super Bowl III, only to lose to the New York Jets.


During his football career in Baltimore, Braase performed in commercials for Dixie Cola, even singing their jingle.

Following his retirement as an active player, Braase was a restaurant owner in Timonium, Maryland, and in the 1970s was an executive with a Baltimore truck body manufacturer. He also teamed with play-by-play announcer Chuck Thompson to provide color commentary for radio broadcasts of Colts games. In the 1990s, he co-hosted a popular program, Braase, Donovan, Davis and Fans on WJZ-TV in Baltimore with fellow Colt teammate Art Donovan. The trio talked more about Art Donovan's fabled stories than contemporary NFL football, but the show held high ratings in its time period.

Braase continues to make his home in the Baltimore area.


  1. "Ordell Braase". South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
Preceded by
Pete Retzlaff
NFLPA President
January 5, 1964-January 8, 1967
Succeeded by
Mike Pyle

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