Dan Klecko: Setting the Offensive and Defensive Standard

Max NicodemusCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

In the NFL, almost every player plays on only one side of the ball, offense or defense (not including special teams). However, one player is breaking that barrier. His name is Daniel Klecko, and he plays both offense and defense.
Some players have done this (most only excel at one position) but Dan has been simply amazing in both roles. Klecko can barrel up the gut and catch passes as a fullback or stuff the run and sack the quarterback as a defensive tackle.

Dan Klecko, currently of the Philadelphia Eagles, was drafted in 2003 by the New England Patriots. It was here where Klecko started excelling at the fullback position, as he blocked for five of the Patriots' nine rushing touchdowns all season.
Klecko lead the Patriots to a Superbowl victory twice, earning himself his first two rings. After getting bored with coaching Tom Brady on how to be a good quarterback, Klecko left for the Indianapolis Colts.

In Indianapolis, he achieved a milestone.
On Dec 31st, 2006, Dan Klecko scored his first NFL touchdown on a four-yard pass from his own protege, Peyton Manning. Later that season, Klecko caught another touchdown pass against the New England Patriots, his former team.
The Colts went on to win that game after the huge moral boost from Klecko's touchdown. The Indianapolis Klecko's, I mean Colts, later went on to win the Super Bowl. This earned Klecko his third ring.

Then, on March 14th, 2008, Dan Klecko signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. This is one of the greatest dates in Eagles' history.
The Eagles brought in Klecko to fill in for the open fullback position, but Klecko also dabbled at defensive tackle. In the first game of the 2008 season Dan Klecko sacked Rams' Quarterback, Marc Bulger.
Klecko went on to rack up a career high two sacks in the season. This number may be lower than what you would expect from Klecko, but he only played defensive tackle for the first five to six games on limited plays.

Klecko finished the season with four tackles, two sacks*, six receptions*, 36 yards*, 6.0 YPC* (Yards per catch), and two first downs*. (Note: *career high).
This is a season for the ages. Klecko has left his mark already: Since he has been with the Patriots, Tom Brady (Klecko's former protege) has passed for 50 Touchdowns in a single season, and since leaving the Colts, Peyton Manning (Klecko's other protege) has won the MVP award.
Klecko is no doubt a future Hall of Famer and a man everyone can look up to because ophraf his integrity, intensity, and ability to play football.