Burt James Ray Mansfield (January 21, 1941 – November 3, 1996), nicknamed "Ranger," was an American football center in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mansfield grew up in Kennewick, Washington and attended Kennewick High School. He played college football at the University of Washington from 1960 to 1962. In 1961 he was a member of the Huskies team that won the Rose Bowl 17-7 against the University of Minnesota. In 1962 he participated in the East-West Shrine Game. He is a member of the UW Athletic Hall of Fame. He was drafted in the 1963 NFL Draft by the Eagles and played for them for one season.
Mansfield moved to the Steelers in 1964, played left defensive tackle for his 1st two years with the Steelers and was their starting center beginning in the 1966 season through the 1976 season. He was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl-winning teams in 1974 and 1975. In his last season as a Steeler, he kicked the extra point on the Steelers' final touchdown in a playoff game after Roy Gerela pulled a groin muscle.
Mansfield went on to a successful career as an insurance broker. He died from a heart attack in November 1996 while hiking in the Grand Canyon.
By Dean Hanley
Page : 1