Noel Charles Jenke

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Noel Charles Jenke

Owatonna, Steele County, Minnesota, USA
Death 23 Jul 2020 (aged 73)
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Memorial ID 213820401 · View Source
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American Athlete. Noel Charles Jenke was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL); he played for three different teams during the 1971 through 1974 seasons. Before playing professional football, Jenke was a minor league baseball player in the Boston Red Sox organization. Jenke attended Owatonna High School in Owatonna, Minnesota, where he lettered each of his three high school years in three sports—football, basketball, and baseball—while captaining each in his senior year. He also played on a local ice hockey team that won state championships and played in national tournaments. Jenke attended the University of Minnesota, where he again lettered in three sports: three times in football, three times in ice hockey, and one time in baseball. He served as captain of the 1968 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, which went 6–4 (5–2 in Big Ten games). He was the first athlete in the university's history to letter in three sports, and to be drafted by professional teams in those three sports. Jenke was selected in the draft of three different professional sports leagues. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 12th round of the 1969 NFL Draft. He was also selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 1969 MLB draft and selected by the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association in that league's General Player Draft, held in February 1972. After being drafted by the Red Sox, Jenke played three seasons of professional baseball (1969–1971), appearing with the Louisville Colonels (AAA), Winston-Salem Red Sox (A), and Pawtucket Red Sox (AA). An outfielder, Jenke threw right-handed and batted left-handed. In 120 career minor league games, he had a .241 batting average with 5 home runs and 35 RBIs. After playing minor league baseball for three seasons, Jenke spent the 1971 NFL season with the Vikings, appearing in all 14 regular-season games, plus the Vikings' loss to Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1971–72 NFL playoffs. During the 1972 preseason, Jenke was waived by the Vikings and claimed by the Atlanta Falcons; he appeared in one regular-season game with the Falcons, then was moved to their practice squad in late September. During the 1973 preseason, Jenke was released by the Falcons and signed onto the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers. He was activated during the season and appeared in two games with the Packers. Jenke began the 1974 season on Green Bay's injured reserve list, was added to their active roster in late October, and appeared in eight games. In August 1975, the Packers released Jenke; he did not play professional football again.

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