50 GREATEST GOLDEN BEARS - #41 - TED ALBRECHT#41 - TED ALBRECHT - OFFENSIVE TACKLE (1973-1975)
Albrecht is the first of several members of Cal's record-setting offense in 1975 to appear in the Fab 50. He started at tackle for that team, as he had for the prior two years, and paved the way as Cal led the nation in offense with 458.6 yards per game. He was by far Cal's best lineman, famed for shutting down defensive ends and tackles with excellent pass protection technique. The Vallejo HS star had a relatively compact frame (6'3"/250) but possessed great quickness and a strong initial punch. It's fair to say that without Ted Albrecht, Cal would not have set records in 1975 and certainly would not have tied for the conference championship.
Albrecht was a two-time first-team all-Pac 8 selection, and the Associated Press named him to its first-team All-American squad in 1975. Ted was elected to the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1976, and played for the Bears for five years. He still lives in the Chicagoland area, and is currently doing color commentary for Northwestern University's football team.