Former Irish All American Tom Regner dies
Tom Regner, a consensus All-America offensive guard on the 1966 University of Notre Dame football squad that finished 9-0-1 and claimed the consensus national championship, died Thursday afternoon in a Reno, Nevada, hospital due to complications from diabetes. He was 70.
A two-year regular for the Irish at left offensive guard in 1965-66 after starting at right defensive tackle as a sophomore in 1964, Regner made 68 tackles to lead all Irish defensive linemen in '64 before the move to guard. He helped Notre Dame’s ’66 championship team lead the nation in scoring (36.2 points per game) and rank third in total offense (391.5 yards) and 13th in rushing (210.6 yards).
Notre Dame won 25 combined games (against three losses and two ties) in Regner’s three years in the starting lineup (also the first three seasons of Ara Parseghian’s tenure as Notre Dame head coach).
As a junior he earned second-team All-America recognition from Newspaper Enterprise Association. As a senior in 1966 he received first-team honors from the Associated Press, United Press International, the American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News, among others.
A 1966 CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, Regner was a member of the 1967 College All-Star team that played against the Green Bay Packers (then coached by Vince Lombardi). He was picked by Houston in the first round of the 1967 NFL Draft as the 23rd overall selection, and he played in 67 NFL games for the Oilers from 1967-72.
Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Regner was listed at 6-1 and 250 pounds. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1967 with a degree from the College of Arts and Letters, with a major in communication arts.
Funeral arrangements are pending.