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Former Bronco linebacker John Offerdahl inducted into MAC Hall of Fame

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John Offerdahl. Picture courtesy of www.wmubroncos.com
John Offerdahl. Picture courtesy of www.wmubroncos.com

CLEVELAND, OH (WKZO) -- The Mid American Conference announced the induction of seven former athletes into the 2013 Hall of Fame. Among them, former Bronco linebacker John Offerdahl. Below is the MAC's press release:

John Offerdahl (1982-85) was a third-team Associated Press All-American linebacker in 1984 and second-team in 1985, along with being the MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Offerdahl set conference career record for tackles (694) and Western Michigan career leader for recovered fumbles (8) and second for forced fumbles (17).

 Offerdahl topped the MAC in tackles (1983-84-85) and was second as a freshman in 1982. His 192 stops in 1983 is a Bronco season standard. His college No. 49 was retired by Western Michigan in 1995. Offerdahl was picked to play in the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl All-Star games and was Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl.  

Offerdahl was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second-round, 53rd overall, of the 1986 NFL Draft.  Offerdahl was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1986 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first five seasons in the league.  Offerdahl retired prior to the start of the 1994 season, following three consecutive years of injuries.   Offerdahl started a successful chain of bagel shops in 1989, which became part of the coast-in-coast Noah Bagel Company.

In 1990, the Offerdahl’s co-founded Offerdahl’s Bagel Gourmet and grew the concept to 10 stores before joining three other bagel entrepreneurs in March of 1995 to form Einstein Bros. Bagels, a national bagel retailer.    From March 1995 to June of 1996, Offerdahl served as VP of Operations for Florida. He was involved in growing 27 stores in the Florida market during that time. The public company currently operates over 400 stores system-wide. Offerdahl served on Einsteins’ Board of Directors until the spring of 1997.  

Offerdahl currently operates seven quick-casual restaurants named Offerdahl’s Café Grille.   Offerdahl was inducted into the Western Michigan Hall of Fame in 1996.  He graduated from Western Michigan in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science.  Offerdahl and his wife, Lynn, have three children, Alexandra, Drew and Jameson.  The couple reside in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  

The inductees will be honored at a May 30th ceremony in Cleveland Ohio. 

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