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CARL BRETTSCHNEIDER


1931 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
CARL BRETTSCHNEIDER Obituary
CARL BRETTSCHNEIDER Former Detroit Lion linebacker Carl Brettschneider, 82, passed away Nov. 26, 2014, at Nathan Adelson Hospice, in Las Vegas. Carl was born Dec. 2, 1931, in Dundee, Ill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Brettschneider attended Dundee High School in Dundee, where he was a standout athlete and went on to play football at Iowa State University. He was inducted into the Iowa State University Hall of Fame in 2012, as well as the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. He went on to a successful professional football career, first playing for the Chicago Cardinals from 1956-1959 and then for the Detroit Lions from 1960-1963. He was All-Pro in 1962 as left linebacker. Known as the "Creeper" for scaring and taunting teammates at night during training camp and road trips, it was never confirmed Brettschneider was the "Creeper," but the "Creeper" was in Chicago while he was with the Cardinals and appeared in Detroit when Brettschneider was traded to the Lions. He appeared in the movie, "Paper Lion" as himself. Brettschneider was known for his keen eye in assessing talent and became Director of Player Personnel in Detroit after an injury ended his playing career. He drafted some of Detroit's best players in the 1968 draft including Mel Farr, Lem Barney and Charlie Sanders. After professional football, Carl Brettschneider had a successful career with Jostens' Recognition Division, becoming the division's first million dollar sales achiever. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Loretta Hamilton and Loraine Greuning; and brother, John Brettschneider. He is survived by his wife, of 57 years, Louise (nee Harris); son, Brad (Lisa) Brettschneider; granddaughters, Blair and Lane; sister, Florence Chance; and brothers, Tom, Robert and Randy Brettschneider. Private family services are being planned in Las Vegas. A public memorial is being planned in Detroit for January 2015.
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