49ers announce passing of former Texas A&M standout Charlie Krueger
A Texas A&M standout from the Bear Bryant era has passed away. The San Francisco 49ers announced the passing of Charlie Krueger on Friday.
From Caldwell, Texas, Krueger attended Texas A&M where he was named Sophomore Lineman of the Year in the SEC in 1955 followed by two years as All-American under Coach Bryant. He was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
After his Texas A&M career, Krueger was drafted No. 9 overall in 1958 by the 49ers and spent his entire 16-year NFL career with the team (1958-73), earning All-Pro recognition in multiple seasons. His number 70 was retired by the 49ers in 1974.
The 49ers released a statement Friday:
“One of the longest tenured players in franchise history, Charlie was known as the ‘Textbook Tackle’ for his reputation as a technician and his tremendous strength. He was a tough, resilient and smart player who looked out for his teammates, both on and off the field. We extend our condolences and prayers to his wife, Kris, and the entire Krueger family.”
Krueger was 84.