Ron Kostelnik

Chad Burkholder
Packers Hall of Fame

Inducted 1989

Ron Kostelnik was just 20 years old when the Packers drafted him in the second round from Cincinnati University in 1961. The 6’4”, 260-pound Kostelnik grew into a valued role as the run stopper in the Packer 4-3 defense of the mid-’60s. While his teammates rushed the quarterback, Kostelnik hesitated, looking for draws and traps.

In 1964, he took over left tackle from retiring Dave Hanner and became a fixture there through 1968, recovering seven fumbles. Kostelnik also played in the ‘61 and ‘62 NFL championships. He was a Packer from 1961-’68. Like many of his Lombardi Era teammates, Kostelnik was a success in business after his Packer career.

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Packers Hall of Fame player Ron Kostelnik
Packers Hall of Fame player Ron Kostelnik