Jul 20, 2017
Hall Of Fame defensive lineman Karl Mecklenburg says decisiveness was the key to his success on the field. He made a decision early and stuck with it. Sometimes he was wrong, but he was almost always right. That gave him an extra step on his opponents who hesitated.
Karl was picked up by the Denver Broncos in the 1983 NFL Draft and had a lot of influential coaches including Joe Collier, Merle Moore, and Stan Jones.
Karl played nose guard until he hurt his arm and was moved out to defensive end where he showed himself to be a versatile defensive player. There were some games where he played at 7 different defensive positions.
Karl's flexibility and decisiveness led him to the Pro Bowl 6 times and the first team All Pro 4 times.
Helmets Off host Scott Mitchell first met Karl Mecklenburg at the 1989 AFC Championship game. They shared an agent, Tony Agnone.
Karl and Scott talk about what it was like playing with a legend like John Elway and about how much the league has changed. The concussion lawsuit and other health concerns have made football safer to play even at the pro level.
Helmets Off is hosted by Scott Mitchell. Scott was a record setting quarterback at the University of Utah and a stand out QB in the NFL for Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals.