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The Rolf Benirschke Story
The Rolf Benirschke Story
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: Rolf Speaks
Rolf Benirschke interview
Rolf Benirschke interview
Published: 2013/01/17
Channel: videoarchives1000
NFL Kicker Rolf Benirschke: Paying It Forward
NFL Kicker Rolf Benirschke: Paying It Forward
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Rolf Benirschke Talks Ostomy and Football on ABC Sports Talk TV Show
Rolf Benirschke Talks Ostomy and Football on ABC Sports Talk TV Show
Published: 2011/10/13
Channel: GreatComebacks
Keynote Speaker: Rolf Benirschke • Presented by SpeakInc • The Rolf Benirschke Story
Keynote Speaker: Rolf Benirschke • Presented by SpeakInc • The Rolf Benirschke Story
Published: 2014/09/17
Channel: speakinc
Rolf Benirschke at the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Annual Staff Meeting
Rolf Benirschke at the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Annual Staff Meeting
Published: 2014/05/29
Channel: Rolf Speaks
1989 Wheel of Fortune w/Rolf Benirschke promo
1989 Wheel of Fortune w/Rolf Benirschke promo
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: gamelovercommercials
NFL Legend Rolf Benirschke on Ostomy Awareness Day
NFL Legend Rolf Benirschke on Ostomy Awareness Day
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: UOAA_Ostomy
Rolf Benirschke speaking at the IHE Keynote
Rolf Benirschke speaking at the IHE Keynote
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Mary Benirschke
Tim Brando Wheel Of Fortune Audition
Tim Brando Wheel Of Fortune Audition
Published: 2012/12/18
Channel: Bella belsky
Workshops for Warriors, by the Rolf Benirschke Legacy Golf Invitational
Workshops for Warriors, by the Rolf Benirschke Legacy Golf Invitational
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: Workshops for Warriors
Rolf Benirschke (2013 Aggie Legacy Award)
Rolf Benirschke (2013 Aggie Legacy Award)
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: UC Davis Aggies
Don Coryell - Offensive Innovator
Don Coryell - Offensive Innovator
Published: 2010/07/02
Channel: Jesse Shipp
Ostomy Awareness Day 2017
Ostomy Awareness Day 2017
Published: 2017/10/07
Channel: The Front Butt YouTuber
Rolf Benirschke
Rolf Benirschke's Patient Journey
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: Rolf Benirschke
Rolf Benirschke
Rolf Benirschke
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Mary Benirschke
Rolf Benirschke Medifast Presentation
Rolf Benirschke Medifast Presentation
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: Mary Benirschke
Wheel of Fortune - $1,000,000 Bonus Round
Wheel of Fortune - $1,000,000 Bonus Round
Published: 2012/08/31
Channel: wheel fortune
Rolf Benirschke - Kaiser
Rolf Benirschke - Kaiser
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: Mary Benirschke
Rolf Benirschke: Football Kicker
Rolf Benirschke: Football Kicker
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: WhoWhat
Saint Katherine College Minute - with Rolf Benirschke
Saint Katherine College Minute - with Rolf Benirschke
Published: 2012/03/11
Channel: StKathCollege
Rolf Benirschke on Don Coryell
Rolf Benirschke on Don Coryell
Published: 2010/07/13
Channel: MclellanDan
Daytime Wheel of Cupcakes
Daytime Wheel of Cupcakes
Published: 2009/08/07
Channel: fatmanfiftythousand
Rolf Benirschke at AdvaMed
Rolf Benirschke at AdvaMed
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Mary Benirschke
Patient Engagement Strategies...THAT WORK!! | Rolf Benirschke, Legacy Health Strategies
Patient Engagement Strategies...THAT WORK!! | Rolf Benirschke, Legacy Health Strategies
Published: 2014/08/13
Channel: Qualcomm Life
Wheel of Fortune promo 1989
Wheel of Fortune promo 1989
Published: 2007/08/29
Channel: Joe Raygor
Wheel of Fortune (Australia) - Steve Oemcke Hosting (26 Feb 2004)
Wheel of Fortune (Australia) - Steve Oemcke Hosting (26 Feb 2004)
Published: 2015/05/01
Channel: gameshowaus2
YTP: Wheel of Inertia
YTP: Wheel of Inertia
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: Sutekh94
1981 AFC Championship Game: Chargers vs. Bengals | "The Freezer Bowl" | NFL Full Game
1981 AFC Championship Game: Chargers vs. Bengals | "The Freezer Bowl" | NFL Full Game
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: NFL
BioOhio Annual Conference: Why We Do What We Do – Patient Stories
BioOhio Annual Conference: Why We Do What We Do – Patient Stories
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: BioOhio
Patient stories, the impact of medical research and breakthroughs in bioscience
Patient stories, the impact of medical research and breakthroughs in bioscience
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: BioOhio
2017 Video Ad - Rolf
2017 Video Ad - Rolf's Story: "What Happens When Your Whole World Changes?"
Published: 2017/08/09
Channel: UC San Diego Health
Giving Blood to Save Lives: Chargers Blood Drive XXXVII
Giving Blood to Save Lives: Chargers Blood Drive XXXVII
Published: 2015/12/01
Channel: SDCCU
Alive & Kicking: The true life story of an Nfl star
Alive & Kicking: The true life story of an Nfl star's battle with ulcerative colitis E-Book
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: Lou Ritchey
The Legacy Foundation
The Legacy Foundation
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: Rolf Speaks
What It Feels Like to Have an Ostomy
What It Feels Like to Have an Ostomy
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: LetsTalkIBD
1989 CBS Stop the Madness PSA (Vanna White)
1989 CBS Stop the Madness PSA (Vanna White)
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: HamptonRoadsTVFan
Osher UCSD:  Benirschke on Multiple Pregnancies
Osher UCSD: Benirschke on Multiple Pregnancies
Published: 2010/02/04
Channel: University of California Television (UCTV)
Sharing Stories, Giving Hope
Sharing Stories, Giving Hope
Published: 2009/12/28
Channel: GreatComebacks
Great Comebacks 2014
Great Comebacks 2014
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: ConvaTec Italia
Wheel of Fortune | WAFF 48 | Promo | 1999
Wheel of Fortune | WAFF 48 | Promo | 1999
Published: 2016/08/13
Channel: Analog Memories
Wheel Of Fortune | Bumper | 1989 | WAFF 48 | Huntsville Alabama Wheelies Have More Fun
Wheel Of Fortune | Bumper | 1989 | WAFF 48 | Huntsville Alabama Wheelies Have More Fun
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Analog Indulgence
1982 AFC Divisional Playoff San Diego vs. Miami pt.2
1982 AFC Divisional Playoff San Diego vs. Miami pt.2
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Jonathon Smith
UOAA National Conference Tour
UOAA National Conference Tour
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: UOAA_Ostomy
Thomas Benirschke, ARGILLÀ ITALIA 2014, ARGIBIKE von Davide Brini und Marco Spiri
Thomas Benirschke, ARGILLÀ ITALIA 2014, ARGIBIKE von Davide Brini und Marco Spiri
Published: 2014/10/22
Channel: betschingu
Luma Benirschke Jazz
Luma Benirschke Jazz
Published: 2012/08/11
Channel: luanabenirschke
Dan Fouts Remembers Don Coryell
Dan Fouts Remembers Don Coryell
Published: 2010/07/14
Channel: SDSUVideo
Urijah Faber On Getting Rocked In Sparring | And What Ultimately Lead To Him Retiring
Urijah Faber On Getting Rocked In Sparring | And What Ultimately Lead To Him Retiring
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: MMA ONSLAUGHT
The Last San Diego Charger Home Game?
The Last San Diego Charger Home Game?
Published: 2015/12/21
Channel: Kip W. Ives
Great Comebacks Award EXCITING NEWS Part 2
Great Comebacks Award EXCITING NEWS Part 2
Published: 2014/10/01
Channel: Beauty and The Bag
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Rolf Benirschke
No. 6
Position: Kicker
Personal information
Born: (1955-02-07) February 7, 1955 (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 171 lb (78 kg)
Career information
College: UC Davis
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 12 / Pick: 334
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 121
FG Att: 208
FGM: 146
Pct: 70.2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Rolf Joachim Benirschke (born February 7, 1955) is a former American football player in the National Football League. Benirschke played for the San Diego Chargers as their placekicker from 1978 until 1986.

Following his retirement from football Benirschke tried to find a career in television and was hired by Merv Griffin to replace Pat Sajak as host of the daytime game show Wheel of Fortune in 1989.

Early career[edit]

Benirschke grew up in San Diego and attended La Jolla High School. His father Kurt Benirschke, a German immigrant, was a pathologist at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the founder/director of the Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species at the San Diego Zoo, where Rolf worked summers in high school and college.

Rolf Benirschke majored in zoology at the University of California, Davis, where he played football under coach Jim Sochor. He was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 12th round of the 1977 NFL Draft, and was then traded to the San Diego Chargers for his rookie year in the National Football League.

In the off-season before the 1978 season, his second season, he developed chronic fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. He learned that he had ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease.

Living with ulcerative colitis[edit]

His health problems got worse in the 1979 season, when, on the team plane coming home from a road trip, Benirschke collapsed. He underwent two surgeries to remove his large intestine and he was in the intensive care unit for weeks. When released from the hospital, he weighed only 123 pounds and had to adjust to life with two ostomy appliances. His ileostomy was eventually reversed in a Koch pouch procedure.

On Sunday, November 18, 1979, Benirschke made his dramatic return to the Chargers in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While he did not play, he was named honorary team captain for the game, which was a sellout. Louie Kelcher, a Chargers' defensive tackle, assisted him and held his hand out onto the field.[1] The Chargers won the game 35-7.

From 1980 to 1982, Benirschke was also a broadcaster for the San Diego Sockers of the former North American Soccer League.[2]

In 1980 Benirschke returned to kicking and played seven more seasons with the team before retiring in 1987 as the team's all-time leader in points scored (766).[3]

He was named the NFL Man of the Year in 1983. He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1983 season. In 1984, his kickoffs were viewed to be too short, and he gave a thumbs-up sign to Denver Broncos kicker Rich Karlis before a field goal that defeated the Chargers, prompting a meeting with San Diego owner Alex Spanos over Benirschke's loyalties. Although Benirschke had the third-highest field goal percentage in NFL history, the Chargers selected punter/kicker Ralf Mojsiejenko in the 1985 NFL Draft to provide competition.[4]

On August 31, 1987, Benirschke was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a draft pick after he lost his job to rookie Vince Abbott. He was released by Dallas on September 7, and formally announced his retirement in December. After 10 years with San Diego, he retired as the team's all-time scoring leader with 766 points and held 15 club records. He made 146 field goals in 208 tries for a .702 field goal percentage, at the time the third-most accurate in league history behind Eddie Murray and Nick Lowery.[5]

In 1997, he was the twentieth player inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.

Life after football[edit]

Benirschke hosted the daytime version of the TV game show Wheel of Fortune from January 10 to June 30, 1989 after Pat Sajak left the daytime version to host The Pat Sajak Show; Sajak has continued to host the nighttime syndicated version. When the daytime version moved to CBS, Bob Goen succeeded Benirschke as host. He has not been involved in television since, but was among the many participants in the E! Network's True Hollywood Story episode on Wheel.

He founded and later sold a financial services company, and has been involved in venture capital and development groups.[6] He is the national spokesman for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and for Hepatitis C awareness.

In November 1996 he published his book, Alive and Kicking![7] from which his almost-famous quote "It's not what you become, it's what you overcome" was first observed.

During and after his football tenure he was also an endangered animal activist who created a well known endangered animal charity, "Kicks for Critters."[8]

He currently devotes much of his time to Legacy Health Strategies LHS, a strategic planning and marketing company servicing selected medical device and pharma companies by developing patient support and awareness programs that service different disease states.

Rolf routinely speaks at national sales meetings, for major corporations, and at health related events across the country. Some of his clients include UCSD Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, The American Liver Foundation, the National Center for Disease Control, Emdeon, Pacific Life, The Hartford, Nanogen, WOC Nurses, YPO groups, and many others. Rolf Benirschke

He is married to the former Mary Michaletz; the couple has four children. He is active in the San Diego, California area, volunteering his time with organizations like the San Diego Zoo, United Way, the Chargers, the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County and the San Diego Blood Bank. Every year, he is in charge of the Rolf Benirschke Legacy Golf Invitational,[9] held at the Rancho Santa Fe Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Some of the money is donated to charities such as the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ about.com
  2. ^ Benirschke, Rolf with Mike Yorkey. Alive & Kicking: The true life story of an NFL star's battle with ulcerative colitis, ostomy surgery and hepatitis C. San Diego: Rolf Benirschke Enterprises, Inc., 1996, p. 174.
  3. ^ San Diego Magazine
  4. ^ Cobbs, Chris (June 20, 1985). "For Once, Chargers' Benirschke Has a Challenge". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ Wolf, Bob (December 19, 1987). "No Kicks : It Was a Grand Party, but Rolf Benirschke Decides It Is Over". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 12, 2014. 
  6. ^ 2006 interview in San Diego Magazine
  7. ^ Benirschke, Rolf, Alive and Kicking!, Firefly Press, 1996, SBN-13: 9781885553409 ISBN 1-885553-40-4
  8. ^ http://www.sandiegozoo.org/celebration2005/celebration_history.html
  9. ^ Golf tournament website

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Pat Sajak
Host of Wheel of Fortune (daytime)
January 10, 1989–June 30, 1989
Succeeded by
Bob Goen (1989)

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