Memorable game; Pro Bowler LeClair reflects on career, Freezer Bowl
|By Michael Savaloja, The Jamestown Sun, N.D.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Just try saying hello to someone in January.
So in that respect, it's only fitting that one of the newest members to be enshrined into the
To add insult, standing in the way of Super Bowl XVI was a sustained wind of 27 miles per hour, producing a teeth-chattering wind chill of minus 59. But LeClair and the
LeClair, 63, along with Grand Forks'
"That was cold. I mean really cold," LeClair recalled of the '81 AFC title game. "It was a great game. We ended up winning it, and it was a good setting for a football game from that standpoint.
"But the wind ... I just can't tell you how cold it was."
The Freezer Bowl stands as the coldest
LeClair shined at North Dakota, garnering Little All-American honors and being awarded the
"That was a great season," LeClair said. "You get there and you try to help the team get things done, and before I knew it, it was all set. We got things done."
LeClair didn't have to wait too long for the
"When I got the call it was very exciting. You can't say that it wasn't," LeClair said. "It was about where I thought I was going to go."
LeClair spent 12 years and played in 158 games for the
It was the first of four Super Bowl rings for Montana, and his first of three Super Bowl MVP performances.
"It was challenging. (Montana) was a good player," LeClair said. "But we played pretty good too and left it all on the field."
After the 1983 season, LeClair played two seasons for the New Jersey Generals of the
LeClair has remained rooted in
"Thinking back, I think most about just playing the game," LeClair said. "I played it pretty well, and (
Along with the
"It's quite an honor, and I'm really looking forward to it," LeClair said of tonight's induction. "You can't beat it."
Sun sports writer
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