Roy Winston
Date of birth: (1940-09-15) September 15, 1940 (age 80)
Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 1962 / Round: 4 / Pick: 45
 As player:
1962-1976 Minnesota Vikings
Playing stats at

Roy Charles Winston (born September 15, 1940 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former professional American football player.

Roy Winston graduated from Louisiana State University, where he was a standout offensive guard in the 10-7 LSU victory over arch-rival Ole Miss in 1961.[1]

Winston played 15 seasons in the National Football League, all with the Minnesota Vikings.

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Vikings, for whom he played until he retired after the 1976 season. During that time, he was one of 10 players to play in all four of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl IV, Super Bowl VIII, Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl XI).

Winston delivered one of the most devastating tackles ever filmed. In a game against the Miami Dolphins in 1972, fullback Larry Csonka circled out into the flat to catch a pass. Just as he caught the pass, Winston hit him from behind with such force that the 240-pound Csonka was nearly cut in half. The tackle was so grotesque it was shown on The Tonight Show. Csonka dropped the ball and rolled on the field in agony. He thought his back was broken and literally crawled off the field (he was not seriously injured, however). After their respective retirements from the NFL, Winston and Csonka remained close friends. Csonka invited Winston to be his guest when Csonka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 1976, Winston was inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame; in 1991, into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches.

Before the NFL Winston attended Louisiana State University(LSU) where he was an All-American as an offensive guard. He currently resides in Morgan City, Louisiana, with his wife and child.


  1. Chet Hilburn, The Mystique of Tiger Stadium: 25 Greatest Games: The Ascension of LSU Football (Bloomington, Indiana: WestBow Press, 2012), p. 34


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