American football playerDied when: 74 years 308 days (898 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Donald John Kindt, Sr. (July 2, 1925 – May 5, 2000) was an American defensive back and halfback who played nine seasons from 1947 to 1955 for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League.
Kindt played college football for the University of Wisconsin Badgers primarily as a halfback from 1943 to 1946, missing the 1944 and half of the 1945 season because of World War II.
He was the starting halfback for the Badgers for most of his college career.Kindt decided to forgo his senior season at Wisconsin in order to be eligible for the 1947 NFL Draft.
He was selected with the last pick of the first round (11th overall) by the Bears despite having an history with injuries, and recovering from an off-season knee surgery he suffered while playing a basketball game at Wisconsin.
After playing dual positions in his first few seasons with the Bears, Kindt was used primarily on defense for his last six seasons in the league.
Considered to be a defensive standout during his playing career, Kindt was selected to participate in one Pro Bowl, and led the team in interceptions several times.
His son Don Kindt, Jr. also played in the National Football League, as a tight end for the Bears during the 1987 season.