Former Chiefs safety Mike Sensibaugh dies at age 72

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Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Sensibaugh has passed away at the age of 72 according to a press release from his alma mater, Ohio State.

Sensibaugh was part of the 1968 Buckeyes National Championship team under Woody Hayes. During his college career, he set Ohio State’s career record for interceptions with 22, a record that still stands to this day. His reputation as a ballhawk ultimately led to his selection by Kansas City in the eighth round of the 1971 NFL draft.

During the 1971 NFL season, Sensibaugh appeared in just 7 games for the Chiefs. The following season, Sensibaugh would earn a starting job on the defense opposite Chiefs legend Jim Kearney. Over the course of five seasons with the Chiefs, Sensibaugh started 55 games, recording 20 interceptions during that span. That number is good for the 15th-most interceptions in franchise history.

In the 1976 season, Sensibaugh joined the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent. He played with the Cardinals for three seasons before retiring from the NFL in 1979.

According to Buckeyes Wire, at the time of his passing, Sensibaugh lived in Wildwood, Missouri. He owned and operated his own pool business, Sensibaugh Pools. He’s survived by his wife Dana, three children Doug, Amy and Cara, along with five grandchildren.

The family is asking that any donations be made in Sensibaugh’s memory at the Concussion Legacy Foundation, 361 Newbury St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02115 or online at concussionfoundation.org.

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