Dean Carlson

American football player (1950–2022)

American football player
Dean Carlson
No. 9
Personal information
Born:(1950-08-01)August 1, 1950
Rushford, Minnesota, U.S.
Died:August 5, 2022(2022-08-05) (aged 72)
Clinton, North Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College:Iowa State
NFL draft:1972 / Round: 7 / Pick: 179
Career history
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1972–1973)*
  • Green Bay Packers (1974)*
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1974)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:116
Passer rating:45.4
Player stats at PFR

Dean Paul Carlson (August 1, 1950 – August 5, 2022) was an American professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Iowa State Cyclones.

Early life and high school

Carlson was born and grew up in Rushford, Minnesota, and attended Rushford High School, where he played football and basketball.[1]

College career

Carlson began his collegiate career at Rochester State Junior College and was named All-Region as a sophomore after leading all junior college passers with 2,090 yards and 21 touchdown passes.[2][3] He transferred to Iowa State University and was named the Cyclones starter going into his first season with the team. He finished the year with 1,391 yards with 11 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions while rushing for 169 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior, he completed 141 of 285 passes for a school record 1,671 yards with 14 touchdowns and 19 interceptions and rushed for an additional seven touchdowns for a Cyclone record 21 total touchdowns as Iowa State went 8–4 and played in the first bowl in program history in the 1971 Sun Bowl.[4][5] After the season Carlson played in the 1972 Senior Bowl and started in the 1971 North–South Shrine Game.[6]

Professional career

Carlson was selected in the seventh round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent the 1972 season on the Chiefs practice squad and was on and off the active roster in 1973.[7] He was traded to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a third round draft pick and was the Packers' third string quarterback until he was waived on October 22, 1974.[8] He was signed by the Chiefs shortly afterwards and made his only appearance in an NFL game in the final game of the 1974 season, completing 7 of 15 pass attempts for 116 yards with one interception and rushing twice for 17 yards in relief of starter Len Dawson.[4][9]

Later life and death

Carlson was later a mortgage broker in Kansas City. He died on August 5, 2022, four days after his 72nd birthday.[10]


  1. ^ "Iowa State Sun Bowl Program". December 18, 1971. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "Record Book". Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Iowa State Cyclones 1970 Football". p. 42. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Larson, Jared (March 12, 2018). "Iowa State Players in Professional Football: Part 3B (1970s)". SB Nation.
  5. ^ "1971 Sun Bowl" (PDF). 2006 Iowa State Cyclone Football Media Guide. p. 140. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 12, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "Carlson to Start for North". The New York Times. December 24, 1971. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Stallard, Mark (2001). Kansas City Chiefs Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 230. ISBN 9781582612751.
  8. ^ Kupper, Mike (October 23, 1974). "Oct. 22, 1974: Packers trade for John Hadl". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  9. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs – December 14th, 1974". Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  10. ^ "Dean Paul Carlson". Fillmore County Journal. August 9, 2022.
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Kansas City Chiefs 1972 NFL draft selections
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  • Andy Hamilton
  • Milt Davis
  • John Kahler
  • Dean Carlson
  • Scott Mahoney
  • Dave Taylor
  • Rich Ruppert
  • Elbert Walker
  • Mike Williams
  • Tyler Hellams
  • David Chaney
  • Larry Marshall
  • Bob Johnson
  • Ted Washington Sr.