University of Montana honors Klever’s gridiron greatness again

July 15, 2018

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Rocky Klever

He hasn’t played football for the Grizzlies since 1981, but the University of Montana will never forget Rocky Klever of Anchorage.

The former all-time leading rusher was inducted into the Montana Football Hall of Fame, two years after he was named to the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame.

Klever, of West High fame, was the first Alaskan to play in the NFL when he took the field for the New York Jets in 1983.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder racked up 2,228 yards, which was the school record for 30 years until another Alaskan broke it.

He currently ranks No. 5 in career rushing yards and No. 10 in career touchdowns (17).

Klever is the only player in school history to receive the Terry Dillon Award (outstanding back/receiver) three times (1978, 1979 and 1981).

He played both running back and quarterback.

His senior season he rushed for a team-high 783 yards for the 7-3 Grizzlies and was selected the team’s Steve Carlson Award (MVP) winner.

In 1982, the New York Jets drafted Klever in the ninth round. He played tight end.

The five-year veteran played 65 games in the NFL and compiled 46 receptions for 514 yards and three touchdowns.