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Ordell Braase - Inducted 1977

Mitchell High School. University of South Dakota. A 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end for the Baltimore Colts from 1957-68, he helped the Colts win NFL titles in 1958, '59 and '68 (the Colts lost to the Joe Namath-led New York Jets in Super Bowl III to end the '68 season). The '58 NFL title game is regarded as one of the greatest games in NFL history (Colts 23, New York Giants 17 in overtime). Named to Pro Bowl in 1966 and '67. Played 157 NFL games. Returned two fumbles for touchdowns. Was a mere 215-pounder when he was drafted in the 14th round by Baltimore in 1954, but he was 30 pounds heavier when he reported to the Colts in 1957 following Army service. Was President of the NFL Players Association. Went to USD on a basketball scholarship. Played football, basketball and baseball at USD. Was all-North Central Conference in football and basketball two years. In basketball as a senior, he had 20 points and 22 rebounds in a 61-46 win over Iowa Teachers College. At Mitchell, he was all-state in basketball and led the Kernels to the state Class A title in 1950.

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