Conrad Dobler, known as the NFL’s dirtiest player during his era, died at the age of 72 on Monday, the team announced.
There was no cause of death given for the legendary Cardinals guard.
“Our hearts go out to the family, friends and former teammates of Conrad Dobler,” the posted on social media.
The Cardinals drafted Dobler in the fifth round of the 192 NFL Draft out of Wyoming.
Dobler was a key member of the “Cardiac Cards” of the then-St. Louis Cardinals from 1972-1977, where he was also named a second-team All-Pro. He played under Don Coryell, who was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.
“He was the kind of tough, physical and fierce player that you love to line up with as a teammate and hate to line up against as an opponent. On the field, Conrad was a big reason for the success of the Cardiac Cards of the 1970s,” Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said in a statement.
Dobler spent six seasons with the Cardinals before playing for the New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills prior to his retirement in 1981. His career spanned 129 games as he started in all but four of them.
Over a 10-year NFL career, Dobler was notorious for using any means necessary to block for his quarterback and running back. Those moves were violations of the league rules.
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