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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