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Eldon Danenhauer
  • Played six professional seasons
  • Two-time AFL Pro Bowler
  • One of the best offensive linemen to play in the AFL
Danenhauer, Eldon
Inducted 2002

Born: October 4, 1935 - Clay Center, Kansas

Graduated: Clay Center High School, 1953; Pittsburg State University, 1960



An Associated Press All-American lineman for Pittsburg State University in 1959, Eldon Voss Danenhauer played six seasons for the Denver Broncos of the American Football League as an offensive tackle.

Career Highlights

He was named to the AFL Pro Bowl team in 1962 and 1965. On September 9, 1960, Danenhauer played in the first-ever AFL game, which matched the Broncos and Boston Patriots at Boston University Field (Denver won the game, 13-10). Eldon and his older brother, Bill, also became the first brother combination to play in the new professional league. At 6-foot-4, 242 pounds, Danenhauer was called one of the best offensive linemen in the AFL during his playing days. He was named to Pittsburg State's 100th anniversary football team in 2003. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1973 and the PSU Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Colbert has been a long-time benefactor for K-State's golf and Olympic sports teams and founded a celebrity golf tournament that has benefited the Wildcat programs. While a senior at Kansas State in 1964, Colbert finished second in the NCAA golf championships.