Rolf Benirschke [Football Player] Bio, Age, Wife, Kids, Facts

Last Updated : April 24, 2021

Rolf Benirschke

Who is Rolf Benirschke?

Rolf Joachim Benirschke is a retired professional football player from the United States who was a placekicker in the National Football League (NFL). Rolf Benirschke retired as the third most reliable placekicker in NFL history after an illustrious 10-year stint with the San Diego Chargers. On the other hand, was a hesitant football player, having grown up in a medical family with a world-renowned Pathologist for a father who was always pushing him to make his life count for something better.

Short Bio and Career
Real/Birth Name:Rolf Joachim Benirschke
Nickname:Rolf Benirschke
Profession:American Football player
Active From:1977–1986
Family and Siblings
Father Name:Kurt Benirschke
Mother Name:Marion Elizabeth Waldhausen
Brother/s:Dr. Stephen Benirschke
Sister/s:Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins
Personal Life
Date of Birth:1955 February 7 Monday
Age (As in 2021): 66 Years Old
Birth Place:Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius
Home Town:San Diego
School:La Jolla High School
College:University of California
Mailing Address:The Legacy Foundation
Rolf Benirschke Golf Invitational
P.O. Box 231429 Encinitas, CA 92023-1429
USA Phone: (858) 259-2092
Relationship Status
Martial Status:Married
Wife/Spouse:Mary Michaletz Benirschke (1990-Present)
Divorce/Split:Not Yet
Children/Kids:Erik Benirschke (Son),
Tim Benirschke (Son),
Ryan Benirschke (Son),
Kari Benirschke (Daughter)
Physical Stats
Height:6 Feet 0 Inches (183 cm)
Weight(Approx.):171 lbs (78 KG)
Quotes & Books
Books:1. Alive And Kicking (1996)
2. Great Comebacks from Ostomy Surgery (2002)
3. Embracing Life (2009)
Personal Quotes:1.“It seemed so unfair,” he said.
“I had been healthy my whole life,
then I almost died. I was angry.
I was frightened. I went through all that before
I learned ‘why?’ is the wrong question.
The question is ‘what now?’”
2. “Kids don’t cry (in an orphanage),” Rolf said.
“The reason they don’t cry, nobody comes to
them when they do.
Awards & Nomination
Awards:Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award (1983)
The Breitbart Award
Comeback Player of the Year
Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Most Courageous Athlete
NFL Players Association Hero of the Year
NFL Justice Byron Whizzer White Award
San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame
San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team
San Diego Chargers 40th Anniversary Team
Nominations:All-Pro selection (1980)
Pro Bowl selection (1982)
Income & Assets
Net Worth:$9 Million (Approx.)

Some Others Facts You Need to Know About Rolf Benirschke:

  1. Benirschke was an outstanding placekicker for the San Diego Chargers from 1977 to 1986, with two medical interruptions. The UC Davis graduate is one of the best prospects Al Davis ever let slip away.
  2. Rolf and Mary Benirschke’s lives as parents have not been pleasant. Mary had three miscarriages and one stillbirth. They adopted one child, who was returned to the birth mother. They were given a second child, but the bearer reneged after giving birth.
  3. The Rolf Benirschke Award was established in 2015 to recognize community members who have made a major local contribution through philanthropy, giving back, and leaving a positive legacy.
  4. He was infected with the Hepatitis C virus after receiving a blood transfusion in 1979.
  5. Rolf has had Crohn’s disease for most of his life and has an ileostomy.
  6. Rolf was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness during his second season with the Chargers, prompting him to establish a national medical awareness and rehabilitation service for those facing ostomy surgery and IBD.
  7.  Rolf has had Crohn’s disease for much of his life and had an ileostomy.
  8. After he retired from football, Benirschke was trying to find a career in television and was hired by Merv Griffin to replace Pat Sajak as the host of the daytime game show “Wheel of Fortune” in 1989.
  9. Benirschke was searching for a position in television after retiring from football and was hired by Merv Griffin to succeed Pat Sajak as the host of the afternoon game show “Wheel of Fortune” in 1989.
  10. When he was 24, he was on the verge of dying from ulcerative colitis, also known as Chron’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease. He learned he had Hepatitis C, a liver inflammation known as the “silent killer,” eight years ago.

Sources / References
2. www.imdb.com

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