Carl Eller’s gold blazer is not a fashion statement, but the ultimate symbol of pro football greatness!
Eller wore his “Pro Football Hall of Fame” sport coat for a recent appearance at Atkins High School, where he was a student before he became a star at the University of Minnesota and then with the Minnesota Vikings.
He spent 15 years with the Vikings where he was a key part of the famous defensive line nicknamed the “Purple People Eaters.” He helped the Vikings reach four Super Bowls and remains the team’s all-time leader in quarterback sacks even though he retired in 1979!
A plaque was placed at the school to honor Eller and his Hall of Fame career. He hopes it motivates today’s students to chase their dreams.
It hasn’t been all roses for Eller. He’s battled substance abuse issues in the past and is not afraid to talk about it. He is a licenced counselor and is currently the president of the Retired Players Association.
His primary goal is helping ex-players adjust to life after football.
From Winston-Salem to Minnesota to both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame–Carl Eller has accomplished a lot and he’s not done yet!