Dave Kocourek
Dave Kocourek 1961.jpg
No. 83
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born:(1937-08-20)August 20, 1937
Chicago, Illinois
Died:April 24, 2013(2013-04-24) (aged 75)
Marco Island, Florida
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:1959 / Round: 19 / Pick: 223
AFL Draft:1960 / Round: 
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • AFL All-Star (1961–1964)
  • AFL champion (1963, 1967)
  • All-Time All-AFL 2nd Team
  • Only man to play in 7 AFL Championship Games
Career NFL statistics
Games played:115
Receiving yards:4,090
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

David Allen Kocourek (August 20, 1937 – April 24, 2013) was an American gridiron football player. He played college football at Wisconsin.


As a professional, he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1959, and then played for nine years as a tight end in the American Football League (AFL), from 1960 through 1965 for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers; for the AFL's Miami Dolphins in 1966; and for the AFL's Oakland Raiders in 1967 and 1968. He caught 55 passes for 1,055 yards in 1961 for 19.2 yards per reception, helping the Chargers win their second straight AFL West title. He was an AFL All-Star for four straight years, from 1961 through 1964, and was on the Charger team that defeated the Boston Patriots for the 1963 AFL Championship. He played in seven AFL Championship Games, the only man to do so; with the Chargers in 1960 and 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1965; and the Oakland Raiders in 1967 and 1968, winning one with each team. He was selected second team tight end on the American Football League All-Time Team. Kocourek participated in nine playoff games in a span of seven seasons, catching 15 passes for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Kocourek served as a color commentator on NBC's AFL and NFL telecasts in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and teamed up with Mark Champion to broadcast Tampa Bay Buccaneers games on the radio in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Kocourek died on April 24, 2013, in Marco Island, Florida after suffering from progressive dementia. His brain has been donated to Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) for further examination as part of the NFL's ongoing concussion study.[1]

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