Keith Fahnhorst
No. 71, 89
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1952-02-06)February 6, 1952
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Died:June 12, 2018(2018-06-12) (aged 66)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:273 lb (124 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Cloud Technical High School
NFL Draft:1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:193
Games started:160
Kicking yards:13
Kick returns:1
Fumble recoveries:3
Player stats at · PFR

Keith Victor Fahnhorst (February 6, 1952 – June 12, 2018) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1974 through 1987. Fahnhorst, a 273-pound, 6-foot-6-inch lineman from the University of Minnesota, led the San Francisco 49ers in seniority and appeared in Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XIX games.[1]

Fahnhorst's younger brother Jim Fahnhorst played linebacker in the USFL and for the 49ers from 1984 to 1990. The brothers were teammates on the 1984 49ers team that won Super Bowl XIX and finished with a 15-1 record.

Personal life

Fahnhorst married Susan Kluska in 1974. They had three daughters, Tiffany, Brittney, and Courtney. Tiffany is a financial advisor in Minnesota.[2] Courtney is a doctor in Jacksonville, FL.[3]

Fahnhorst retired from pro football because of a neck injury that caused him to miss nine games during the 1987 season. He moved to Minneapolis to work as a stockbroker.[1]

Fahnhorst received a life-saving kidney transplant in 2003.[4]

Fahnhorst died June 12, 2018 at the age 66.[5]


  1. ^ a b "SPORTS PEOPLE; Fahnhorst Ends Career". The New York Times. April 30, 1988. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
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  3. ^ "Courtney Fahnhorst-Vidrine, MD, Emergency Medicine - Fast Track | Baptist Health".
  4. ^ "Obituary for Keith V. Fahnhorst". Star Tribune.
  5. ^ "Obituary for Keith V. Fahnhorst". Star Tribune.