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December 19, 1987 | BOB WOLF, Special to The Times
Among the invited guests were a snake named Irvine, a leopard named Kelai and an owl named Wahooee. It wasn't your average retirement party, but then, Rolf Benirschke isn't average. The setting--the Rondavel Room at the San Diego Zoo--was tailor-made for a man whose "Kicks for Critters" project has raised more than $1 million for the zoo's Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, including $50 for each field goal he kicked as a Charger.
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December 8, 1996 | BERNIE WILSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rolf Benirschke was an up-and-coming place-kicker for the San Diego Chargers when an obscure organ disease almost killed him. Nearly two decades later, the 41-year-old Benirschke has published his autobiography, "Alive & Kicking," an account of his struggle to deal with inflammatory bowel disease and adjust to life off the football field. In writing the book, Benirschke said he wanted to reach people in crisis.
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June 21, 1989 | KEVIN BRASS
The "Wheel of Fortune" has stopped on "lose turn" for host Rolf Benirschke. As part of a switch in networks televising the daytime version of the popular game show, the former San Diego Chargers kicker is losing his job. CBS Television, the new owner of the daytime edition, is completely redesigning the show. It expects to name a new host on Friday, a spokeswoman said. Contacted on Tuesday, Benirschke said he had not been officially told he was off the show, although his contract with Merv Griffin Enterprises, the show's producers, has been terminated.
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June 21, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The "Wheel of Fortune" has stopped on "lose turn" for host Rolf Benirschke. As part of a switch in networks televising the daytime version of the show (it's moving from NBC to CBS), the ex-NFL kicker is losing his job. His last appearance is scheduled to air June 30. Benirschke joined the daytime version of the show in January, replacing Pat Sajak, who continues to team with Vanna White for the syndicated nightly version.
SPORTS
December 8, 1996 | BERNIE WILSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rolf Benirschke was an up-and-coming place-kicker for the San Diego Chargers when an obscure organ disease almost killed him. Nearly two decades later, the 41-year-old Benirschke has published his autobiography, "Alive & Kicking," an account of his struggle to deal with inflammatory bowel disease and adjust to life off the football field. In writing the book, Benirschke said he wanted to reach people in crisis.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The "Wheel of Fortune" has stopped on "lose turn" for host Rolf Benirschke. As part of a switch in networks televising the daytime version of the show (it's moving from NBC to CBS), the ex-NFL kicker is losing his job. His last appearance is scheduled to air June 30. Benirschke joined the daytime version of the show in January, replacing Pat Sajak, who continues to team with Vanna White for the syndicated nightly version.
SPORTS
September 5, 1987 | DAVE DISTEL
Think about this. If there was one person in San Diego sports you wouldn't want to displace, who would that be? You know, we're talking about a job you don't want badly enough to unseat the person who has it. This person would be respected, admired and loved by the populace. This person would be clean-cut, but not squeaky clean. This person would be without taint of controversy. This person might even be a courageous figure who has been successful in spite of adversity. Let's see now.
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January 1, 1989 | TONY KORNHEISER, The Washington Post
Rolf Benirschke, the excellent former kicker for the San Diego Chargers, is going to be the new host of the daytime "Wheel of Fortune." A bit of a surprise choice, wouldn't you say, considering that Rolf Benirschke is not exactly a household name--unless you're in the Zendejas house. Really, let's say you're spinning the wheel, and the puzzle's a name, and B, N, R, S, C, H and K are already lit, and you buy the I and E.
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December 25, 1988 | Mike Downey
My big regret is that I never became a professional football player, because maybe then I could have broken into show business. Here in a town full of starving or at least hungry actors, good Hollywood gigs keep going to guys whose only formal training came on football fields on Sunday afternoons, where they learned how to act tough. I am not saying these people can't do good work. I'm just amazed they keep getting these good jobs. Fred Dryer gets his own TV cop show.
SPORTS
April 10, 1985
Rolf Benirschke, Hank Bauer and Ed White of the San Diego Chargers are among the athletes scheduled to compete in today's Yashica Pro-Am at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The Pro-Am precedes the LPGA's $175,000 Kyocera Inamori tournament, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday at Fairbanks Ranch. Pro-Am pairings: No. 1 Tee: (Time--Pro, Celebrities) 7:30 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1989 | KEVIN BRASS
The "Wheel of Fortune" has stopped on "lose turn" for host Rolf Benirschke. As part of a switch in networks televising the daytime version of the popular game show, the former San Diego Chargers kicker is losing his job. CBS Television, the new owner of the daytime edition, is completely redesigning the show. It expects to name a new host on Friday, a spokeswoman said. Contacted on Tuesday, Benirschke said he had not been officially told he was off the show, although his contract with Merv Griffin Enterprises, the show's producers, has been terminated.
SPORTS
April 16, 1989 | Jim Murray
If someone asked you who was the leading scorer in San Diego Chargers history, don't answer right away. Don't be sure you know. To be sure, this is the team that had Lance Alworth, Paul Lowe, Charlie Joiner and Kellen Winslow, to say nothing of Jack Kemp and Dan Fouts and Keith Lincoln. The correct answer is none of the above. I'll give you a clue: He's the only top scorer who ever had to be carried on to the field. He never ran with, passed or caught a football in his career.
SPORTS
January 1, 1989 | TONY KORNHEISER, The Washington Post
Rolf Benirschke, the excellent former kicker for the San Diego Chargers, is going to be the new host of the daytime "Wheel of Fortune." A bit of a surprise choice, wouldn't you say, considering that Rolf Benirschke is not exactly a household name--unless you're in the Zendejas house. Really, let's say you're spinning the wheel, and the puzzle's a name, and B, N, R, S, C, H and K are already lit, and you buy the I and E.
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December 25, 1988 | Mike Downey
My big regret is that I never became a professional football player, because maybe then I could have broken into show business. Here in a town full of starving or at least hungry actors, good Hollywood gigs keep going to guys whose only formal training came on football fields on Sunday afternoons, where they learned how to act tough. I am not saying these people can't do good work. I'm just amazed they keep getting these good jobs. Fred Dryer gets his own TV cop show.
SPORTS
December 19, 1987 | BOB WOLF, Special to The Times
Among the invited guests were a snake named Irvine, a leopard named Kelai and an owl named Wahooee. It wasn't your average retirement party, but then, Rolf Benirschke isn't average. The setting--the Rondavel Room at the San Diego Zoo--was tailor-made for a man whose "Kicks for Critters" project has raised more than $1 million for the zoo's Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, including $50 for each field goal he kicked as a Charger.
SPORTS
December 16, 1987 | BILL PLASCHKE, Times Staff Writer
Rolf Benirschke, the most famous and fabled Charger kicker, is expected to announce his retirement today at a 2 p.m. reception at the San Diego Zoo. After being acquired by the Chargers on waivers from Oakland in 1977, Benirschke became the club's all-time leading scorer (766 points) and the holder of 15 club records. But after he missed several key field goals in 1986--as well as his first extra point since 1983--he was traded to Dallas Aug. 31 for a conditional 12th-round draft pick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1987
Few athletes have enjoyed the kind of loving relationship with a community that Rolf Benirschke has had with San Diego. In part that may be because he was a local boy; in part because he became ill and we feared we might lose him; in part because of his heroics on the football field as he became the Chargers' all-time leading scorer. But mainly it was because of the kind of person he is.
SPORTS
November 16, 1987 | BOB WOLF, Special to The Times
Vince Abbott insisted that it was nothing special, but 44 other Chargers begged to disagree. So did the 45 Raiders, and as is often the case, it remained for colorful Howie Long to put things in perspective. Said the Raider veteran: "That little guy named Abbott nailed our coffin shut tonight." Actually, Long's remark covered only part of the story at Jack Murphy Stadium Sunday night.
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