Date of birth: (1931-02-24)February 24, 1931
Place of birth: Muskegon, Michigan
Date of death: May 8, 2001(2001-05-08) (aged 70)
Career information
CFL status: Import
Position(s): WR
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 3 / Pick: 27
Drafted by: Washington Redskins
CFL East All-Star: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961
Playing stats at

Paul Nelson Dekker (February 24, 1931 – May 8, 2001) was an American and Canadian football player for the Michigan State Spartans and professionally for the Washington Redskins and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

College career[edit | edit source]

At Michigan State, Dekker was a starting end in his junior and senior years. The Spartans were runners-up for the 1951 National Championship in the Associated Press poll and National Champions in the undefeated 1952 season .

1952 Michigan State Spartans Stats

He was selected by the Associated Press as a member of their All‑Western team.

Paul Dekker named to the All American Blockers for 1952, named by Wirt Gammon of the Chattanooga Times. As told by Bernie McCarty

Dekker represented the Spartans in the annual East‑West Shrine contest, pulling in a game-record nine receptions for 100 yards. A member of the 1953 College All‑Stars and the 1953 Hula Bowl squad, he was selected in the third round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. While at Michigan State, Dekker joined the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

He was a Spartan Football Letterwinner in 1951-1952. See Page 231.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Dekker remained with the Redskins for only one season. In 1954, he joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. In nine seasons at Hamilton, Dekker played in the Grey Cup championship contest five times, winning once in 1957. He was elected to the All Eastern/All Western All‑Star team four times and tied a Grey Cup record for the longest completed pass with a 90‑yard touchdown reception in the Tiger‑Cats' 21‑14 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 1961 Grey Cup game. He died before seeing the record broken in the year after he passed. Dekker retired from professional football following the 1962 season.

Paul Dekker Football Statistics on

Paul Dekker CFL Statistics

Legacy[edit | edit source]

He is a member of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame and got his start at Muskegon High

Dekker was selected as an honorary member of Hamilton's "Fabulous Fifties Team of the Decade."

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