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Bob Lurtsema

Bob Lurtsema
Date of birth (1942-03-29) March 29, 1942
Place of birth Grand Rapids, Michigan
Career information
Position(s) Defensive end
Defensive tackle
College Western Michigan
Career history
As player
1967–1971 New York Giants
1972–1976 Minnesota Vikings
1976–1977 Seattle Seahawks
Career stats
  • Playing stats at NFL.com
  • Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Robert Ross Lurtsema (born March 29, 1942) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and Seattle Seahawks. He played in two Super Bowls with Vikings (Super Bowl VIII in 1974 and Super Bowl IX in 1975). Lurtsema played college football at Western Michigan University.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Lurtsema could often be seen in TCF Bank (TCF Savings and Loan) TV commercials. He formerly owned Benchwarmer Bob's Sports Cafe, with two locations in the Twin Cities. He was also seen playing the part of a blatantly biased referee in the American Wrestling Association during its last year, most famously in a match between The Trooper and Mike Enos. His character states he is in the Trooper's corner and repeatedly helps the trooper during the match, and the bias is discussed by the announcers after the match.[1][2] At one of the final AWA shows, AWA Twin Wars '90 on May 5, 1990, Lurtsema teamed with Brad Rheingans and the Trooper and defeated Tully Blanchard and the Destruction Crew.

References

  1. ^ Video on YouTube
  2. ^ Video on YouTube


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