Ordell Braase
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Ordell Braase in 1968
No. 81
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1932-03-13)March 13, 1932
Mitchell, South Dakota
Died:March 25, 2019(2019-03-25) (aged 87)
Bradenton, Florida
Career information
High school:Mitchell (SD)
College:South Dakota
NFL Draft:1954 / Round: 14 / Pick: 160
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× NFL Champion (1958, 1959, 1968)
  • Pro Bowl (1966, 1967)
  • South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame[1]
Career NFL statistics
Games played – started:157–14
Fumble recoveries:7
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ordell Wayne Braase (/ˈbrs/ BRAY-see;[2] March 13, 1932 – March 25, 2019) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played with the Baltimore Colts throughout his career. While Braase was with the Colts they won the NFL Championship three times, in 1958, 1959 and 1968. He was a Pro Bowl pick in both 1966 and 1967. In his final season (1968), the Colts went to Super Bowl III, on January 12, 1969, only to lose to the New York Jets.


During his football career in Baltimore, Braase performed in commercials for Dixie Cola, even singing their jingle.

Following his retirement as an active player, Braase was a restaurant owner in Timonium, Maryland, and in the 1970s was an executive with a Baltimore truck body manufacturer. He also teamed with play-by-play announcer Chuck Thompson to provide color commentary for radio broadcasts of Colts games. In the 1990s, he co-hosted a popular program, Braase, Donovan, Davis and Fans on WJZ-TV in Baltimore with fellow Colt teammate Art Donovan. The trio talked more about Art Donovan's fabled stories than contemporary NFL football, but the show held high ratings in its time period.

Braase later lived in Bradenton, Florida, where he died in 2019 at the age of 87.[3]


  1. ^ "Ordell Braase". South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 6 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Baltimore Colts 1965 Press-Radio-Television Guide (pronunciations on page 53). Retrieved May 25, 2020
  3. ^ Baltimore Sun obituary, March 31, 2019