St. Louis Park native Bob Stein was an
outstanding athlete and has had many accomplishments during
At Park High (1962-65), Bob played for the 1964 Lake
Conference championship football team – he was co-Captain
with Bill Gresko. He was named all-Lake Conference in 1963,
and in 1964 he was named All Conference, all State, and all
American. He was also a member of the Park High State
championship track team in 1965, becoming the Minnesota
state champ in the discus throw in his first year of track.
His Championship throw came within 3/4 inch of the State
Meet record. He also played basketball and baseball.
At the U of Minnesota, where he received an athletic
scholarship, Bob concentrated on football. He was three
times named to the All-Big Ten first team, playing defensive
end and placekicking. He was the first team All-American and
first team Academic All-American in 1967 and 1968. He was
the first player in Minnesota history to win the NCAA
National Student-Athlete Scholarship Award, one of 11
annually. In 1968 he broke Minnesota records for carer field
goals and longest field goal (40 yards). Bob also lettered
in the discus in 1967. Bob served as President of the
Undergraduate and Graduate "M" Club, and was a member of the
Gray Friars Men’s Senior Honorary Society and Beta Theta Pi
fraternity. And he was a Rhodes Scholarship semi-finalist in
1968. He majored in political science with a minor in
chemistry, and took a B.S. degree in 1969.
SLP Sun, 1965
In 1969 he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and was a
member of the 1969 Chiefs' Super Bowl Championship team
under coach Hank Stram. He played in Kansas City for four
years. Stein graduated from the University of Missouri-KC
law school in 1973 in the top 10 percent of his class,
having attended full time while playing NFL football.
SLP Sun, 1971
He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1973, where he
played for two years. [San Diego Chargers, 1974]
In 1975 Stein joined the Minnesota Vikings on the team Bud
Grant called his greatest ever. He finished his NFL career
in 1976 with New Orleans Saints, re-joining future Hall of
Among his best abilities was his rush on the passer as well
as being a leading field goal kicker.
Bob Stein was the first President/CEO of the NBA Minnesota
Timberwolves, serving from 1986-1995. He was in charge of
securing the franchise and building the Target Center, where
he was also President.
Bob was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of
Fame and the St. Louis Park
Athletic Hall of Fame, both in 2005.
Growing up in St. Louis Park, Bob Stein lived at 2656
Inglewood Ave., where his family resided for 46 years.