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Pat Fischer

Pat Fischer

Born: Jan. 2, 1940 in St. Edward, pop. 705

Age: 76

High School: Oakland (Fr-So) pop. 1,244; Omaha Westside (Jr-Sr)

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Pat Fischer

Pat Fischer

College/years: Nebraska, 1958-60

Games played in the NFL: 213

Fun facts:

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Pat Fischer

Pat Fischer

  • Selected in the 17th round (232nd overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals as a defensive back.
  • Spent seven years with the Cardinals (1961-67) and 10 with the Washington Redskins (1968-77).
  • Played under defensive coordinator Chuck Drulis in St. Louis who invented the safety blitz and subsequently forced Fischer to execute the first "bump and run" coverage.
  • Was nicknamed "The Mouse" due to his small stature (5-9, 170).
  • Played in Super Bowl VII against the undefeated Miami Dolphins.
  • NFL Pro Bowl selection in 1964, '65 and '69.
  • Has 56 career interceptions, including 10 in 1964.
  • Is a member of the Redskins' Ring of Fame and was named to The 70 Greatest Redskins to coincide with the program's 70th anniversary in 2002.
  • Inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
  • Brothers Cletus (1945-48), Ken (1948-49) and Rex (1955-56) also played at Nebraska.
  • His first year of organized sports was his freshman year of high school at Oakland where he brother, Ken, was a coach.
  • After a back injury forced him to retire in 1977, Fischer was a stockbroker, owned a real estate business and raised race horses in Leesburg, Va.
  • “I’ve never been hit so hard as when Pat Fischer tackled me,” said Hall-of-Fame halfback Frank Gifford.
  • “Pat Fischer intimidated me,” Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff said. “He’s probably the one guy I played against that when you came off the line, you’d better know where he was at.”
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