Ron Vander Kelen, American football player, Died at 76

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Ronald Vander Kelen was born on November 6, 1939, and died on August 14, 2016.

He was an American football quarterback.

Ron played at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is best known for his MVP performance in the 1963 Rose Bowl, where he broke several Rose Bowl records (some of which still stand).

During that game, Ron orchestrated a legendary fourth quarter comeback attempt against the USC Trojans in the first #1 (USC) versus #2 (Wisconsin) bowl game in college football history.

He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.

During August 1963, Ron was named the starter in the Chicago College All-Star Game (a game which pitted college all-stars selected from the graduating class from the previous season against the NFL champion) over a group of quarterbacks which included 1962 Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker.

The college all-stars defeated the Green Bay Packers 20-17, with a 74-yard touchdown completion to his college teammate, Pat Richter, providing the winning touchdown, Vander Kelen was named the game MVP.

In the 1963 game would prove to be the last time the college all-stars defeated the NFL champion in this series.

Vander Kelen was not drafted in the 1963 NFL Draft and drafted in the 21st round of the 1963 AFL Draft by the New York Jets.

Vander Kelen entered into a contract with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent.

Vander Kelen was the backup to Fran Tarkenton from 1963 to 1966 and competed for the starting position after Tarkenton was traded to the New York Giants in 1967.

Ronald Vander Kelen passed away 76 years old.

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