John Carl "Jack" Rudnay (born November 20, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former professional American football center in the National Football League. He played his entire 13-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs
A fourth-round draft choice in 1969 for the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, Rudnay missed the Chiefs' championship season as a result of a back injury suffered in the College All-Star Game following his senior year at Northwestern University, where he had played both center and defensive tackle. While at Northwestern, Rudnay became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Though drafted to an AFL team, he never played in an American Football League game, his first season being 1970, after the Chiefs joined the NFL. He went on to play 144 straight games and 178 games in all with the Chiefs, the third most ever by a Kansas City offensive lineman, and was regarded as one of the finest centers in the National Football League during the 1970s. He was the American Football Conference's starting center in the Pro Bowl following the 1973-1976 seasons.
By Dean Hanley
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