Born in Winston-Salem in 1942, Carl Eller is one of the top football players that the state of North Carolina has ever produced.
He led Atkins High School in Winston-Salem to an undefeated state championship in the North Carolina High School Athletic Conference in 1959. From there he went on to be an All-American defensive lineman, earning that honor at the University of Minnesota in 1963.
Eller played in the 1964 College All-Star Game and went on to an amazing career in the National Football League. He was a star at defensive end, playing for the Minnesota Vikings from 1964 to 1978, and then for the Seattle Seahawks in 1979.
This fierce pass rusher, at 6-6 and 250 pounds, was an All-Pro selection from 1967–1970 and was named to the Pro Bowl game on six different occasions. Eller had a remarkable 23 career fumble recoveries and started in four Super Bowls for the Vikings.
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