Reggie Carolan
No. 89, 80
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born:(1939-10-25)October 25, 1939
San Rafael, California
Died:January 1, 1983(1983-01-01) (aged 43)
Marin County, California
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:San Anselmo (CA)
Sir Francis Drake
NFL Draft:1961 / Round: 8 / Pick: 102
(by the Los Angeles Rams)[1]
AFL Draft:1961 / Round: 17 / Pick: 135
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:364
Player stats at · PFR

Reginald Howard "Stretch" Carolan (October 25, 1939 – January 1, 1983) was an American football player, a tight end in the American Football League (AFL). He played seven seasons (1962–1968), the last five with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In college, Carolan starred in football, basketball, and track at the University of Idaho in Moscow,[2][3][4] and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers (and Los Angeles Rams) in 1961 while a junior.

As a rookie with the Chargers in 1962, he was selected as an AFL All-Star. He earned a 1966 AFL Championship ring with the Chiefs in their victory over the Buffalo Bills, and played in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, commonly known as Super Bowl I.[5]

Carolan was a graduate of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California, and taught at Tamalpais Union High School District schools during the off-season. While jogging around Phoenix Lake with a friend in Marin County, he went for an extra lap by himself, suffered an epileptic seizure, fell in the lake, and drowned at age 43.[5][6]

His son Brett Carolan (b.1971) played football at San Marin High School in Novato, at Washington State in Pullman, and in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins in the 1990s. The Carolans are among 161 pairs of fathers and sons documented at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to have played pro football.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "1961 Los Angeles Rams". Archived from the original on April 9, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "Pro gridders won't get Reg Carolan - yet". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 24, 1961. p. 17.
  3. ^ "Idaho, Cougars to end season". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). March 9, 1962. p. 12.
  4. ^ "Basketball". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1962. p. 234.
  5. ^ a b Beitiks, Edvins (January 21, 1995). "Super Bowl tradition for Marin family". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Hill, Frank (November 18, 1983). "UI alum Carolan may be remembered in award". Argonaut. (Moscow, Idaho). (University of Idaho). p. 26.
  7. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, "Fathers and Sons Who Have Played Pro Football", April 20, 2007, accessed March 8, 2008