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Lynn Dickey
Position(s)
Quarterback
Jersey #(s)
10,12
Born October 19, 1949 (1949-10-19) (age 60)
Osawatomie, Kansas
Career information
Year(s) 19711985
NFL Draft 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 56
College Kansas State
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 141-179
Yards 23,322
QB Rating 70.9
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Clifford Lynn Dickey (born October 19, 1949, in Osawatomie, Kansas) is a retired professional football quarterback, who played for the Houston Oilers and the Green Bay Packers in the 1970s and 1980s.

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High school

Dickey grew up in Osawatomie, Kansas, where he led his high school football team to a state championship. The football stadium there is named after him.

College career

Dickey was recruited by Kansas State University in 1967, and he soon became the top quarterback in the Big Eight Conference. Following his senior season in 1970, Dickey finished 10th in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and was named MVP of the East-West Shrine Game. His 6,208 career passing yards stood as a record at Kansas State for 38 years, until it was passed by Josh Freeman in 2008.

Professional career

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Houston Oilers

Following graduation in 1971, Dickey was drafted in the third round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, where he played four seasons starting ten games winning two.[1]

Green Bay Packers

In 1976 he was packaged in a trade to the Green Bay Packers involving John Hadl.[2] Dickey led the Packers to the playoffs in 1982. They defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild card round after Dickey went 19 of 26 for 286 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions for a 41-16 triumph.[3] They were eliminated the following week by the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round after Dickey went 24 of 37 for 274 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception as the team fell 37-26.[4]

Perhaps the high point of Dickey's NFL career came in 1983 when he powered the Packers' offense to a then-team record 429 points.[5][6] He threw for 4,458 yards, which remains a team record.[7] Dickey also threw an NFL-best 32 touchdowns that season and was named second-team All-NFC behind Joe Theismann.[citation needed] Dickey's Packers had beaten Theismann's Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins in a thrilling Monday Night Football game earlier that season (Washington kicker Mark Mosley missed a field goal in the closing seconds, preserving the Packers' 48-47 win).[8] The game remains the highest aggregate score in MNF history.[citation needed] Other Packers records that Dickey holds includes highest completion percentage in a game (90.48%), most passing yards in a game (418), and highest average gain in a season (9.21).[9] Dickey retired from professional football after the 1985 season.[10]

Personal life

After retiring from football, Dickey relocated to the greater Kansas City area where he opened a football-themed restaurant. After a business partner was found to be unethical, he left the restaurant business for a career in public relations. Dickey has three grown daughters; Natalie, Meredith and Elizabeth and resides in Leawood, Kansas. He then worked for the popular Kansas City AM station Sports Radio 810 on the show "Crunch Time", airing at 9:00 a.m. He now works at Serve You, a Pharmacy Benefit Management company home based in Milwaukee, WI.

Honors

In 1996, when the Big Eight expanded to the Big 12 Conference, the Associated Press named Dickey as the All-Time Big Eight Quarterback. Kansas State University has retired the No. 11 to jointly honor Dickey and his successor at KSU, Steve Grogan. It is the only number retired by Kansas State's football program.

Dickey is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

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Preceded by
John Hadl
Green Bay Packers Starting Quarterbacks
1976-1977, 1979-1985
Succeeded by
David Whitehurst (1978–1979)
Jim Zorn (1985)
Randy Wright (1985)

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