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John LeRoy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 – June 29, 1986) was an American professional football player who became a college and pro coach. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions as a safety and return specialist from 1951 to 1958 .
From then on for the next three years, Christiansen was a star as a return man, on defense, and as a ball carrier. Still his size – 6-1 and 162 pounds at the time – may have left some doubts in the minds of some pro scouts whether he could make it in professional football.
John LeRoy Christiansen. Position: DB. 6-1 , 205lb (185cm, 92kg) Born: December 20 in Sublette, KS. More bio, uniform, draft, salary info. Hall of Fame. 5x Pro Bowl. 6x All-Pro. 3x NFL Champ.
Jack Christiansen of Bainbridge Island, structural engineer of the Kingdome and a pioneer of thin-shell concrete roofs, died in mid-August at the age of 89. He also worked on the Pacific Science ...
Jack Christansen was the first player in NFL history to return two punts for touchdowns in one game. One day in retirement, Cleveland Browns end Mac Speedie was asked about Jack Christiansen, the Detroit Lions’ Hall of Fame defensive back of the 1950s. “We had a standard rule when we played Detroit,” Speedie said.
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Jack Christiansen was the first Colorado State University athlete voted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the second member of the Detroit Lions professional team to be selected. In 1967, he became the sixth member of the Hall of Fame chosen by a panel of sports writers and sportscasters.