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Edgar Henry 'Ed' Lechner


Ed Lechner

Date of Birth: December 14, 1919, in Fessenden, North Dakota

Date of Death: November 5, 2015, in St. Paul, Minnesota (95 years old)


Pioneer Press - Published 11/05/15

Did you know?

Dr. Lechner became a dentist after his football career.

He graduated from Fessenden High School

Ed Lechner has a great story.  He actually played pro-football with the New York

Giants in 1942 (anywhere from 4-6 games) and then went back to play college

football with the University of Minnesota and of course, finish his studies in dentistry.

I am not sure how many players during the war years of the 1940's played college

football, then professional and back to college, but it shows how the times

sure have changed.



1942 New York Giants (NFL)


1939 University of Minnesota

1940 University of Minnesota

1941 University of Minnesota

1943 University of Minnesota