- Jim Kleinsasser
birthdate=birth date and age|1977|1|31
birthplace=Carrington, North Dakota
Jim Carter Kleinsasser (pronEng|KLINE-saw-sir) (born
January 31, 1977in Carrington, North Dakota) is an American Footballplayer who currently plays fullback and tight endfor the Minnesota Vikingsof the National Football League. He attended the University of North Dakotaand played for the Fighting Sioux football team. He is commonly known by his nickname, "Jim Clank Clank." He was born Jimmy Carter Kleinsasser. His middle name is in honor of his father, Carter Kleinsasser.
High school career
Jim Kleinsasser attended Carrington High School in Carrington, North Dakota and was a
lettermanand a standout in football, basketball, and track & field. In football, he was a two time All-Region honoree and All-State honoree, and was twice named the GatoradeCircle of Champions North Dakota Player of the Year. At Carrington High School, Kleinsasser was a key player on the 1995 Class B State Championship basketball team.
Jim Kleinsasser is one of the league's top blocking tight ends, and a key component of the Vikings' running game over the last years. He has been described as a powerful blocker that opens up the whole field. He sat out much of the 2004 season after knee surgery.
Jim was mentioned in the movie "
50 First Dates" when Sean Astin's character is watching a football game being played on television.
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