If it wasn’t for the last name and an interesting history at some dramatically different positions, this wouldn’t be a big deal. But the Atlanta Falcons just announced they have signed Dan Klecko to a future contract for 2010.
Klecko is the son of former NFL defensive lineman Joe Klecko and he’s had a very interesting, although not particularly productive career, as he has split time between the defensive line and fullback.
At 5-foot-11 and 275 pounds, Klecko isn’t exactly the prototype for either spot, but the Falcons said in the announcement that he’s a defensive lineman in their eyes. Klecko was a fourth-round pick by New England (the team Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff used to scout for) in 2003. Klecko spent his time in New England alternating between the defensive line and fullback. He played mostly fullback in 2003 and ’04 and helped the Patriots win two Super Bowls.
He was released at the end of the 2006 preseason and quickly was signed by Indianapolis. With the Colts, he played mostly defensive line, but also filled in at fullback while helping the Colts win a Super Bowl. Indianapolis released Klecko in the middle of the 2007 season and he spent 2008 with Philadelphia and alternated between defensive tackle and fullback. He was released by the Eagles at the start of this season and didn’t play in the NFL.