Al Brenner, American football player (New York Giants, Hamilton Tiger-Cats) died he was 64
Allen Ray Brenner was a football player in the Canadian Football League for seven years died he was 64.
Brenner played defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Ottawa Rough Riders from 1971-1977. He was a CFL All-Star in 1972, the same year he set a record of most interceptions in a season at 15, and also won the Grey Cup
with the Tiger-Cats. He was also part of the Ottawa Rough Riders when
they won the Grey Cup in 1976. Brenner started his career with the New York Giants of the NFL, for whom he played two seasons. He played college football at Michigan State University where he was an All-American in 1968. Al Brenner was also the Head Coach of the Burlington Braves Junior Football Team in 1981.
While playing in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats he intercepted Joe Theismann
4 times in one game. Brenner also was part of “The Game of the
Century”, where both Michigan State and Notre Dame were ranked number 1
in the country and went to a 10-10 tie in 1966.
Brenner was reported missing in April 1983. He, his wife, and four children were residents of Burlington, Ontario.
Brenner is featured in a Fifth Estate program on Dec 3, 2010 which
discusses his disappearance and subsequent resurfacing eight years after
abandoning his family. He is interviewed living in an unnamed small town in North Carolina and says he cannot explain why he left.
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