Carroll Dale
No. 81, 84
Carroll Dale in 1962
Born: (1938-04-24) April 24, 1938 (age 85)[1]
Wise, Virginia, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Wide receiver
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
CollegeVirginia Tech
AFL draft1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: First Selections
Drafted byMinneapolis AFL team
NFL draft1960 / Round: 8 / Pick: 86
Drafted byLos Angeles Rams
Career history
As player
1960–1964Los Angeles Rams
1965–1972Green Bay Packers
1973Minnesota Vikings
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Rushing Attempts4
Rushing Yards30

Carroll Wayne Dale (born April 24, 1938) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL).[1] He was an All-American playing college football for the Virginia Tech Hokies before becoming a member of the Green Bay Packers teams that won three straight NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls. He was originally from Wise, Virginia.

Early life

He grew up in Wise, Virginia, and played football for J. J. Kelly High School.[2]


College Football

Dale played at Virginia Tech from 1956 to 1959.[3] He was named a second-team All-American in 1958 and 1959.[2] and was Southern Conference Media player of the year in 1958.[4]

Professional Football

He was selected in the 1960 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, the 86th overall pick, where he played for five years.[5] On April 13, 1965, he was traded to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for linebacker Dan Currie. The speedy Dale was a very important contribution for the Packers' historic run of three consecutive NFL championships, which included Super Bowls I and II.[6][7] He played eight seasons in Green Bay, and after a year with the Minnesota Vikings, he retired from the NFL after the 1973 season, having amassed 438 receptions for 8,277 yards and 52 touchdowns and four rushes for 30 yards.[2][8]

A deep-play threat, as of 2019's NFL off-season, Dale held at least three Packers franchise records, including:

College Athletics Administrator

Dale was named director of athletics at the University of Virginia's College at Wise in 1991.[9]


Dale was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (the state-wide organization that recognizes athletic achievements by state natives, or who played or coached for teams in the state) in 1976, Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1979[10] and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.[11] His number (84) was retired by Virginia Tech.[12] and he was in the inaugural class of inductees to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.[13]

Carroll Dale Stadium, the football stadium of Dale's alma mater, J. J. Kelly High School, was named for him.[14]

Dale currently resides in his birthplace, Wise, Virginia.


  1. ^ a b "Carroll Wayne Dale". Oldest Living Football. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Valencia, Jorge (February 6, 2011). "Southwest Virginia Native Has Packer Pride". The Roanoke Times. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Carroll Dale College Stats". College Football at Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  4. ^ "Individual Awards SOCON Football 1933-2003". Southern Conference. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "1960 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  6. ^ "Super Bowl I - Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers - January 15th, 1967". Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  7. ^ "Super Bowl II - Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers - January 14th, 1968". Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  8. ^ "Carroll Dale Career Game Log". Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  9. ^ "Former NFL Standout leads UVa-Wise Athletic Development Efforts" (PDF). Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "Player – Carroll Dale". Packer Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  11. ^ "Carroll Dale". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "Carroll Dale – Retired Number 84". Hokie Sports. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "TODAY'S BLAST FROM THE PAST: Carroll Dale and Gabe". Hobbs Daily Report. April 14, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2022.