Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. For seven seasons (1952 to 1958), he played at the right-guard position in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins. Born Richard Anthony Stanfel, he attended Commerce High School, where he made his first impression on the football, playing at the quarterback position. Following service with the United States Army, he enrolled at the University of San Francisco and made the transition to lineman and became one of the school's all-time blocking greats. Selected by Detroit during the 2nd round of the 1951 NFL Draft, he totaled 73 career regular season games. He experienced two world champions with the NFL Title-winning Lions (1952 and 1953) and distinguished himself, as he earned Pro-Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors five-times. Following his retirement as a player, he served as an assistant with Notre Dame and professionally with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears. He served briefly as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 1980. Stanfel was responsible for devising the Bears' offensive line which played a major role in their Super Bowl title in 1986. He was inducted into the University of San Francisco Dons Athletic Hall of Fame in 1959 was posthumously enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
Bio by: C.S.