Royalton football field will be Jim Langer Field

Jim Langer will walk to the center of the Royalton High School football field Friday night. He’ll walk back to the sidelines on the Jim Langer Field.

Royalton High School will honor Langer, who is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at halftime of the Royalton-Browerville football game Friday night.

“Jim will address the team before the game. Several members of his family, his coworkers and some of his high school teammates will be at the game. It should be a great night,” said Doug Luepke, activities director at Royalton High School.

Langer graduated from Royalton High School and played college football at South Dakota State University. He signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 1970 but was cut by the Browns during training camp.

The Miami Dolphins picked him up on waivers. He spent most of 1970 on the taxi squad but played the last five games of the season, mostly on special teams.

In 1972 he won the starting job as center for the Dolphins and his Hall of Fame career was underway.

The Royalton High School graduate was an All-Pro six times and played in a club-high 128 straight games, had a team-record 109 consecutive starts, played in three Super Bowls and played every offensive down for the Dolphins in the perfect 1972 season.

In 1980 Langer wanted to finish his career closer to home so he signed with the Minnesota Vikings, where he played for two seasons.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Other members of the 1987 Hall of Fame class were Larry Csonka, Len Dawson, Joe Green, John Henry Johnson, Don Maynard and Gene Upshaw.

Langer and his wife, Linda, are the parents of four children.

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