OL / G
Class of 2016
Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 1-4
1952 NFL – Detroit Lions 17, Cleveland Browns 7
Stanfel did not play in this game.
1953 NFL – Detroit Lions 17, Cleveland Browns 16
Stanfel started at right guard in this game.
1954 NFL – Cleveland Browns 56, Detroit Lions 10
Stanfel played but did not start in this game.
All-NFL: 1953 (AP, UPI, NY) • 1954 (AP, UPI, NY) • 1956 (AP, UPI, NEA) • 1957 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY) • 1958 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY)
All-NFL Second Team: 1954 (SN) • 1956 (NY)
All-Eastern Conference: 1956 (SN) • 1957 (SN) • 1958 (SN)
(4) – 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959
Awards and Honors
• 1950s All-Decade Team
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Full Name: Richard Anthony Stanfel
Birthdate: July 20, 1927
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
High School: Commerce San Francisco (CA)
Pro Career: 7 seasons, 73 games
Drafted: 2nd round (19th player overall) in 1951 by Detroit Lions
Uniform Number: 63 (60)
Dick Stanfel Enshrinement Speech 2016
Presenter Marv Levy
I have spoken with several great Hall of Famers from that era, they all told me that he was the greatest offensive lineman ever. That was their opinion and I’ve never seen anybody execute better than he did with such enthusiasm in such a love of the game.
Offensive Linemen didn’t get that much credit in those day. Dick was really well respected by the people
who played against him.
Right guard number 63 Dick Stanfel.
The Lions drafted Dick Stanfel out of the University of San Francisco in the second round in 1951 when he was 23 after a military stint delayed the beginning of his college career.
He had been an outstanding player during the 1950s with the Detroit Lions. He was the only offensive lineman who was selected as the MVP of a championship team in 1953.
The tough as nails Stanfel anchored the Lions offensive line at right guard on two championship Lions teams in four seasons. His toughness so inspired his presenter Marv Levy that he eventually hired him as a coach at the University of California in 1963.
I know he’s been an excellent player; I knew other coaches who knew him, they all spoke so highly of him, that I wanted an interview of the man and certainly did. His work ethic was certainly fantastic, but this guy was a great athlete as well. Once they hired him as the coach at the University of California; sometimes, he would demonstrate to our players without a helmet, without shoulder pads how to rap an outside linebacker. He not only blew them away; he blew me away watching. He was fantastic.
After four seasons in Detroit, Stanfel was traded to the Washington Redskins as part of a blockbuster four team deal. Stanfel played three seasons in Washington and remarkably earned first-team all-pro honors in each of those final three seasons.
When I got the Bears job, Dick was coaching there with the Bears and I had an opportunity to do whatever I wanted to do. I could have brought in other people, but he was the first guy I made sure we kept. Dick was special and he related to his players. They loved him, but he got the best out him and he made them understand, teaching football can sometimes be complicated, but he never got too complicated. Here’s the guy you gotta block. Block him.
Dick Stanfel beyond his great teaching ability, his great playing ability was a person of high character, great family guy, great sense of humor. He was fun to be around. I can go on and on. Yes, he belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Stanfel was named an all-pro five times. The definition of elite at a position he revolutionized.
We don’t play the game or coach the game initially to be in the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame is a reward that’s given to us afterwards. Dick Stanfel has earned that reward. He should be in the National Football League Hall of Fame. There’s no question about it, my opinion.
Seven years, six of those the only one he didn’t go to the Pro Bowl he was injured so badly that he couldn’t go all-pro all those seven years. Been selected as the guard of the decade in the 1950s and I’ll take it a step further than that, I think he’s the guard of the century. A guy who was a great teacher, a guy of high character a great individual. He was a credit to the game; his bust belongs here in Canton. I am honored to present Dick Stanfel for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.