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|Born:||September 19, 1942|
|Died:||September 23, 2008 (aged 66)|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||229 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||Wilton (IA)|
|NFL Draft:||1964 / Round: 4 / Pick: 48|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Walter William "Wally" Hilgenberg (September 19, 1942 – September 23, 2008) was a professional American football player. A linebacker, he played 16 seasons in the National Football League, four with the Detroit Lions and 12 with the Minnesota Vikings.
Born in Marshalltown, Iowa, Hilgenberg's family moved to Wilton (then known as Wilton Junction) where he grew up and graduated from Wilton High School. He played college football in the Big Ten Conference at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he starred on both sides of the line of scrimmage, as a linebacker and as a guard. Two of his nephews, Jay and Joel would play on the offensive line at center in the NFL during the 1980s and 1990s.
Hilgenberg was selected in the fourth round of the 1964 NFL Draft (48th overall) by the Lions. In 1968, he was traded from the Lions to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was waived before ever playing a game in Pittsburgh.
Hilgenberg was picked up off waivers by the Vikings and played for another dozen seasons, though 1979. During that time, he was one of 11 players to appear in all four of the Vikings' Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX, XI).
Hilgenberg died at age 66 in 2008, after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease  for several years. After his death, brain dissection found advanced chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which mimics many ALS symptoms.
- "Wally Hilgenberg, Wilton Junction, 1987". Des Moines Register. June 27, 2005. Retrieved November 30, 2012.
- "Ex-Vikings linebacker Hilgenberg dies at 66". Star Tribune. September 23, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
- "Former Vikings linebacker Hilgenberg dies of Lou Gehrig's disease". KARE. September 24, 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · Pro Football Reference
- Wally Hilgenberg at Find a Grave
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