Category Archives: Sam Gruneisen
One of the benefits of running this site has been connecting with players and their families online, and exchanging stories and photos.
Through a couple of mutual friends, I have been able to connect with the late Sam Gruneisen’s son, Scott. We exchanged a few Facebook messages on Sunday, the 50th anniversary of the Chargers 1963 AFL championship. Scott told me that he still has one of his dad’s Chargers jerseys, and that he proudly wore it about town that day, not only to recognize the ’63 Chargers, but in an effort to cheer on the ’13 Chargers as well. I told Scott that I had several photos of his father, and that I would try to post them soon. So here are a handful of images of Sam Gruneisen from throughout his football career.
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.