Paul Seiler

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Paul Seiler
No. 71, 79, 65
Personal information
Born:(1945-11-01)November 1, 1945
Algona, Iowa
Died:September 25, 2001(2001-09-25) (aged 55)
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:39
Games started:1
Fumbles recovered:0
Player stats at

Paul Herman Seiler (November 1, 1945 – September 25, 2001)[1] was an American football offensive lineman who played in the American and National Football Leagues for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders.

Born in Algona, Iowa,[2] Seiler played college football at the University of Notre Dame and was a member of the school's 1966 team that won the national championship.[3] After playing for a combined 59 minutes in 1964 and 1965 as a backup, he was Notre Dame's starting right tackle in 1966, his senior year.[4] In the 1967 NFL Draft, the Jets selected him with the 12th overall pick. Seiler played in two games for the Jets in the 1967 AFL season,[2] but a leg injury led the Jets to put him on a "waived injured list".[5] In 1968, he joined the United States Army and did not play that season.[2][6] Seiler returned to the Jets in 1969, playing in 11 games.[2] After undergoing offseason leg surgery,[7] the Jets released Seiler before the start of the 1970 season.[8] From 1971 to 1973, Seiler played for the Raiders. He played in 26 games, starting once in 1973, his last NFL season.[2]

Seiler was married and had one stepson. After his football career, he lived in the West Coast region and eventually became a church minister in California. On September 25, 2001, Seiler died of colon cancer at the age of 55.[2][4]


  1. ^ The ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia Second Edition. New York City: Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 621. ISBN 978-1-4027-5250-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Paul Seiler". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  3. ^ LaFleur, Pete (September 29, 2006). "Reliving A Season Of Glory: The 1966 National Champions Celebrate the 40-Year Anniversary". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Doyle, Joe (October 13, 2001). "Seiler steadily grew into a starter". South Bend Tribune. ProQuest 417094344.
  5. ^ "Jets Ready for Abner". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. December 8, 1967. p. 26. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Seiler Enlists". Reading Eagle. United Press International. January 22, 1968. p. 20. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  7. ^ "Operate On Jets". The Norwalk Hour. United Press International. January 29, 1970. p. 21. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  8. ^ Di Pietro, Bob (September 16, 1970). "Other Veterans Given Releases". The Bonham Daily Favorite. United Press International. p. 6. Retrieved July 6, 2011.

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