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third on the list of all-time best Packer quarterbacks
Clifford Lynn Dickey was born in Osawatomie, Kansas, on October 19, 1949. As a quarterback, he led Osawatomie High School to an undefeated state championship, and the football stadium at the high school is now named in his honor.
Dickey wanted to play college football at the University of Kansas, but the Jayhawks were too interested in a running game for his liking, as was the University of Missouri, so he agreed to play for Kansas State University instead (1968-1970). In 1969, Dickey threw for 380 yards to defeat Oklahoma 59-21, the worst loss that team has ever suffered. Later that same season he threw for 439 yards against Colorado to set a Big-Eight single-game record that still stands; unfortunately, K-State still lost that game 45-32. By the time his senior year was over he had thrown for a total of 6,208 yards (a school record that was not broken until 2008) and 29 touchdowns. He was twice named All-Big Eight quarterback and was voted MVP of the East/West Shrine Bowl in his senior year.
Drafted in the 3rd round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, Dickey only started 10 games before being traded to the Green Bay Packers after the 1975 season; he won two of his ten games. As a Packer from 1976 to 1985, he threw for over 19,000 yards and compiled a 56.4 percent completion average, placing him third on the list of all-time best Packers quarterbacks behind Brett Favre and Bart Starr. His single-best season was 1983, when he threw for 4,458 yards (a team record that still stands) and 32 touchdowns. By the time his professional career ended, Dickey had thrown for a total 23,322 yards and 141 touchdowns.
After retiring from football, Dickey moved to the Kansas City area and opened Lynn Dickey's Sports Cafe, which has since gone out of business. He currently lives in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife, with whom he has three grown daughters. He has been inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, the K-State Athletic Hall of Fame and the Packer Hall of Fame, and his number 11 was the first-ever uniform number to be retired by Kansas State.
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