Paul Krause

  • 8x Pro Bowl selection ( 1964, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975)
  • 8x All-Pro selection
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (recorded 1998)
  • Washington Redskins 70 best players of all time
  • Iowa Sports Hall of Fame (1985 )

Paul James Krause ( born February 19, 1942 in Flint, Michigan ) is an American former American football player.


Krause was born in the automotive town Flint and grew up under poor conditions in Burton, Michigan, on. His parents were very religious, which manifested itself also in the education of Krause. Service had in the German family of Krause always take precedence over the sport and even though the sport was considered the key to a better life. In high school he played alongside American football and basketball, and baseball. In particular, his achievements in basketball ( he scored in a game 54 points ) earned him a scholarship to the University of Iowa.

Playing career

College career

Krause played in college for the Iowa Hawkeyes, the American football team of his college. He was both a safety, as well as wide receiver used. In a single game, he could transform 1963 pass six catches for touchdowns, which earned him a nomination for several tryouts.

In addition to American football, he also played very successful baseball, which brought him great attention from the scouts of MLB, which provided him for the Draft. A shoulder injury he suffered in a football game, but made ​​a professional playing career impossible as a baseball player.

Professional career

In 1964 he was hired by the Washington Redskins, for whom he played until 1967. In the NFL he came only as a safety and on special teams for use. Even with the Redskins his great potential was evident. He succeeded in four seasons 28 times to intercept an opponent's pass, alone in his first game year get him under his coach Bill McPeak 12 interceptions, which was league record.

In 1968 Krause went on for the Minnesota Vikings. For the team of coach Bud Grant he played until 1979. The Vikings managed under their quarterback Fran Tarkenton total feed four times in the Super Bowl. You could win one of these games. Super Bowl IV went with 23:7 lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, although it was Krause managed to intercept a pass from Len Dawson and he was also able to secure a fumble. In Super Bowl VIII, the Miami Dolphins one was beaten with 24:7. Defeats came in Super Bowl IX with 16:6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XI with 32:14 against the Oakland Raiders.

Krause succeeded in his career intercept 81 passes, that he holds the record before Emlen Tunnell eternal. Three interceptions he could run for touchdowns in the opponent's end zone. He also secured 19 fumbles, which he could also utilize three touchdowns. During his 16 years of professional career he missed only two games due to injury.


Krause is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame since 1998. He played in eight Pro Bowls -, the season's final game of the best players of the season. Krause was eight times elected to the All Star. He is among the 70 best players who have ever been run for the Redskins.

After playing career

Krause has several restaurants. He is currently a county council in Dakota County. Paul Krause is married and has two daughters and a son.