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Roy Charles Winston (born September 15, 1940 in Baton Rouge, Louisianamarker) is a former professional American football player.

Roy Winston graduated from Louisiana State Universitymarker, where he starred as an offensive guard. He played 15 seasons in the National Football League, all with the Minnesota Vikings.

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Vikings, for whom he played until he retired after the 1976 season. During that time, he was one of the few players to play in all four of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl IV, Super Bowl VIII, Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl XI).

Winston delivered one of the most devastating tackles ever filmed. In a game against the Miami Dolphins in 1972, fullback Larry Csonka circled out into the flat to catch a pass. Just as he caught the pass, Winston hit him from behind with such force that the 240-pound Csonka was nearly cut in half. The tackle was so grotesque it was shown on The Tonight Show. Csonka dropped the ball and rolled on the field in agony. He thought his back was broken and literally crawled off the field (he was not seriously injured, however). After their respective retirements from the NFL, Winston and Csonka remained close friends. Csonka invited Winston to be his guest when Csonka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Famemarker.

In 1976 Winston was inducted into the LSU Hall of Fame.

Before the NFL Winston attended Louisiana State University(LSU) where he was an All-American as an offensive guard. He currently resides in Morgan City, Louisiana with his wife and child.


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