Daily Archives: October 5, 2012

San Diego Chargers Center Sam Gruneisen Passes Away

Longtime San Diego Chargers offensive lineman, Sam Gruneisen, passed away on Friday, September 28th.  He died due to complications from a fall that he took a month earlier.  He was 71 years old.

Sam Gruneisen came to the San Diego Chargers out of Villanova, part of the great 1962 draft class that also brought John Hadl and Lance Alworth.  Gruneisen entered professional football as an offensive guard, but was moved to center in 1965, after the release of Don Rogers.  A highly cerebral player,  Gruneisen remained with the Chargers through the 1972 season.  He spent one final season with the Houston Oilers before retiring as a player. read more