Lance Rentzel

Football Player
Born Oct 14, 1943

Thomas Lance Rentzel is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams from 1965 to 1974.

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1943 Birth Born on October 14, 1943.


1962 18 Years Old Rentzel played college football at the University of Oklahoma under famous coach Bud Wilkinson, where he starred as a versatile all-around halfback from 1962 to 1964. … Read More


1964 20 Years Old During his senior year in 1964, he was named to the All-Big Eight team. … Read More
He was one of four Sooners players who missed the 1965 Gator Bowl game against Florida State University. … Read More
On May 2, 1967, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a third-round draft choice (#76-Mike McGill).
1968 24 Years Old His best season came in 1968, when he posted 54 receptions for 1,009 yards.
1969 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, he had a career-high 12 touchdown receptions and tied with Tom Matte as the league's touchdown leader (13).
1970 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He was leading the team in receiving yards in 1970, when he was arrested for exposing himself to a ten-year-old girl. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 19, 1971, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, in exchange for tight end Billy Truax and wide receiver Wendell Tucker. … Read More
1972 28 Years Old In October 1972, he was the subject of a lengthy feature article in SPORT Magazine written by Gary Cartwright. … Read More
1973 29 Years Old In 1973, while on probation for the indecent exposure charge, Rentzel was suspended indefinitely by the National Football League at the start of the 1973 season for conduct detrimental to the league after being convicted for possession of marijuana.


1974 30 Years Old He was reinstated in 1974 after a ten-month suspension.
1975 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Rentzel was one of three men credited with inspiring the eccentricities that surround Media Day at the Super Bowl. In January 1975, SPORT Magazine editor Dick Schaap hired Rentzel and teammate Fred Dryer to cover Super Bowl IX. … Read More


2007 63 Years Old He played sparingly as a backup running back due to recurring injuries and his contributions came mainly as a kickoff returner during his first two seasons. He set the record for the longest kickoff return (101 yards) in franchise history as a rookie, which was broken by Aundrae Allison's 104-yarder in 2007.
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