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Bob Stein (American football)

For other people named Robert Stein, see Robert Stein (disambiguation).
Bob Stein
Date of birth: (1948-01-22) January 22, 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth: 23x15px Minneapolis, MN
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
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College: Minnesota
AFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 5 / Pick: 126
As player:
Kansas City Chiefs (AFL)
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams
Minnesota Vikings
San Diego Chargers
Career stats
Playing stats at</th></tr></th></tr></table>Robert Allen Stein is a former American football linebacker. He played collegiately for the University of Minnesota and was both Football and Academic All-American in 1967 and 1968. He began his professional career in 1969 with the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he won the fourth and final AFL-NFL World Championship Game after the 1969 pro football season. In speaking of that game, he has said: "I will always remember guys like Jerry Mays, Johnny Robinson, Budde, Tyrer, Arbanas, Buck, Bobby Bell, etc. nearly crying in our Super Bowl locker room before Super Bowl IV when they were surprised by the AFL patch that Hank Stram put on our jersey shoulders after all the years of being called an inferior league. Winning the game wasn't bad either." Stein at age 21 was the youngest player to ever play in a Super Bowl. Stein graduated in the top 10% of the University of Missouri - Kansas City Law School, having attended full time while playing for the Chiefs. Stein also received acceptance and scholarships to Harvard, Michigan and Stanford law schools.

He was the first president and CEO of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, a position he held until 1995.[1] He was a long-time sports agent before becoming President of the Timberwolves, and is a licensed attorney. As a Senior Executive in the origination of MN Timberwolves franchise and Target Center Arena, Stein helped create over 850 new jobs. He directed Planning, Design, Public Approvals and Financing for the 900,000 sq ft Target Center and was responsible for $240 million+ refinance of TC Arena, Timberwolves and owners' health clubs.

Stein served as President of Timberwolves Foundation, contributing over 100,000 event tickets for schools/non-profits, and $1.5 million+ for at-risk youth in 6 NBA seasons. He was appointed to the Minnesota Boxing Commission in December 2007 by Governor Tim Pawlenty.[2]

Stein is a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame,[3] the St. Louis Park (MN) Athletic Hall of Fame and the University of Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame. He was a HS All-American and a two-time All-American for the Minnesota Gophers in 1967 and 1968. He is also in the HOF of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.[4] Stein is also a member of the MIssouri Sports Hall of Fame and Honor Roll of World Champions.

Stein is also member of numerous boards of directors including Bank of America MN Advisory, Children's Cancer Research Fund, Jacob Wetterling Foundation, MN Zoo, Mpls Downtown Council, Hennepin County Sheriff's Advisory Board and FBI Citizen's Academy.

In 2009, Stein conceived and began the first class action lawsuit on behalf of retired NFL players against the NFL. His case, Dryer v. NFL, fought for fair payment for the NFL's use of player identities, including those used in NFL Films.

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Bob has four children Lauren, Brooke, Carly, and Ben. He is grandfather to three granddaughters, Madeline, Stella and Maya. Ben was awarded Outstanding Scholar Athlete in the Greater Minneapolis area in 2005.

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1969 Kansas City Chiefs