TEMPE, Ariz. — Conrad Dobler, a star offensive lineman for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1970s and one of the best in the NFL, has passed away. He was 72. Dobler passed away on Monday in Pueblo, Colorado, according to the Cardinals. The reason for death was not disclosed. Dobler was a left guard on a St. Louis club known as the “Cardiac Cardinals” that featured Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf on the offensive line.
“Our hearts go out to the family, friends and former teammates of Conrad Dobler,” Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said in a statement. “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. Away from it, he brought authentic joy and caring to everyone who had the privilege of being his friend and that is what I will remember most.”
While playing for Hall of Fame coach Don Coryell from 1975 to 1977, Dobler won three consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl. From 1972 until 1977, he was a member of the Cardinals. After that, he spent two seasons playing for New Orleans and Buffalo.
Dobler was selected in the fifth round of the 1972 NFL draft out of Wyoming. Six of his children and 12 of his grandchildren are still alive.
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