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Curtis Rouse

Curtis Rouse
No. 68, 77
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-07-13)July 13, 1960
Place of birth: Augusta, Georgia
Date of death: May 3, 2013(2013-05-03) (aged 52)
Place of death: Nashville, Tennessee
Career information
College: Chattanooga
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 11 / Pick: 286
Debuted in 1982
Last played in 1987
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played 68
Games started 32
Fumble recoveries 4
Stats at

Curtis Lamar Rouse (July 13, 1960 – May 3, 2013) was an American football offensive lineman who played six seasons in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers.[1]


  • Early years 1
  • Professional career 2
  • Sources 3
  • External links 4

Early years

A graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He played on Chattanooga's 1979 Southern Conference championship team as a sophomore. During his senior year, he was named to the All-Southern Conference team and played in the Senior Bowl.

Professional career

Rouse was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 11th round of the 1982 NFL Draft. He played offensive guard, offensive tackle, and special teams for the Vikings from 1982–1986, including all sixteen games in the 1983, 1984, and 1985 seasons. Released by the Vikings following the 1986 season, he played one final season with the San Diego Chargers in 1987. During his playing career, he was the heaviest player in the NFL at 350 pounds.[2]

On August 5, 1997, at age 37, Rouse suffered a massive stroke at his home in Clarksville, Tennessee; his weight had ballooned to almost 500 pounds at the time.[3] He was initially not expected to survive, but as of November 1997, he had regained approximately 90 percent of his speech. In 2003, the Chattanooga Times Free Press placed him on Tennessee-Chattanooga's All-Century Football Team, and in 2005 he was elected to the university's Athletics Hall of Fame. On Friday May 3rd, 2013, former Minnesota Vikings teammate Greg Coleman announced on his Twitter that Rouse had died. He was 52. [1]


  1. ^ Former Austin Peay, area prep football coach dies, The Leaf Chronicle, May 4, 2013
  2. ^ Tell It Like It Is: These Guys are Too Fat Orlando Sentinel, August 5, 2003
  3. ^ Tell It Like It Is: These Guys are Too Fat Orlando Sentinel, August 5, 2003
  • Ballew, Bill. Tough Enough to be Vikings: Minnesota's Purple Pride from A to Z. Asheville, North Carolina: Old Norse Publishing, 1999. (pages 276-277)
  • Barreiro, Dan. After Stroke, ex-Viking Rouse is Beating the Odds. Minneapolis Star Tribune. 18 November 1997.

External links

  • Curtis Rouse Career Stats from
  • Five Inducted Into Hall of Fame. Press release from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, dated 25 February 2005.
  • Oldest Living Pro Football Players - Curtis Rouse 2013 Necrology
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