Dan Klecko was born the son of Joe and Deborah Klecko on Jan. 12, 1981 … Father was an All-American defensive lineman at Temple (1973-76) and an All-Pro with the New York Jets who also played for the Colts … Attended Marlboro (N.J.) High … Three-year varsity letter-winner at defensive end and fullback … Set school career records with 28 sacks and 107 solo tackles … Participated in the 1999 New Jersey North/South All-Star Game … Earned first team All-District, All-County and All-Shore honors as senior team captain, posting 100 tackles and six sacks … Received first-team All-District, All-County and All-Shore accolades in 1997, recording 95 tackles and 16 sacks as a junior … Majored in physical education at Temple.
Dan Klecko was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft … Placed on injured reserve (10/31/04).
Career GP/GS: 29/3 (1/0)
Klecko snared his first career reception on an 11- yard pass from Tom Brady in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Seahawks (10/17/04).
Klecko played in 13 games as a defensive lineman and fullback during his rookie campaign. He made his fi rst career start as a nose tackle at Denver (11/03/03).
Klecko recorded his first career sack when he dropped Patrick Ramsey for a 3-yard loss at Washington (09/28/03).
Klecko recorded 206 tackles (142 solo) with 26 sacks for 124 yards in 40 games at Temple … Recorded 66 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 70 quarterback pressures. 2002 (Senior): Named Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year … Recorded 68 tackles (46 solos) with 10 sacks for 82 yards and 23 stops for losses totaling 114 yards … Credited with 21 quarterback pressures and four forced fumbles. 2001 (Junior): Unanimous All-Big East Conference selection, the first player in school history to earn unanimous accolades … Recorded 62 tackles (40 solos) with 6.5 sacks for 42 yards and ranked second in the conference with 20 stops for losses of 68 yards … Led the Big East with 27 quarterback pressures … Earned Big East Player of the Week honors twice, against Rutgers and Syracuse. 2000 (Sophomore): Played in eight games, starting five contests … Recorded 21 tackles (17 solos) with 1.5 sacks for 10 yards and seven stops for losses of 21 yards … Finished second on the team with 10 quarterback pressures. 1999 (Freshman): Freshman All-American selection by Football News and The Sporting News … Appeared in 10 games, moving into the starting lineup for the final nine contests … Recorded 53 tackles (39 solos) and led the team with eight sacks for 55 yards, 12 pressures and 16 stops for losses of 80 yards.
2005 (10/0/0/6): Collected eight tackles (5 solo) and a half a sack in 10 games. Oakland (9/8): Saw action as a reserve at fullback and on the defensive line in the Patriots’ 30-20 victory over the Raiders on opening night. at Carolina (9/18): Played in a reserve role at fullback and on special teams … Registered a special teams tackle on coverage duties. at Pittsburgh (9/25): Inactive. San Diego (10/2): Saw action on the defensive front and at fullback. at Atlanta (10/9): Saw action on the defensive line and at fullback in the Patriots’ 31- 28 win over the Falcons. at Denver (10/16): Saw action on the defensive front and registered two tackles, including a half sack … Combined with Willie McGinest to sack Jake Plummer for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. Buffalo (10/30): Notched two solo tackles in defensive play in the Patriots’ 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis (11/7): Inactive. at Miami (11/13): Saw action in a reserve role on the defensive front in the Patriots’ 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins. New Orleans (11/20): Saw action on the defensive front and at fullback in the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Saints. at Kansas City (11/27): Inactive. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Inactive. at Buffalo (12/11): Saw action at fullback in goalline situations in the Patriots’ commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills. Tampa Bay (12/17): Inactive. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Inactive. Miami (1/1): Saw action at nose tackle and collected three tackles.
2005 Postseason (0/0/0/2): Jacksonville (1/7): Inactive. at Denver (1/14): Inactive.
2004 (6/2, 0/0): Played in six games, participating on defense, offense and special teams … Started two games at fullback … Saw action on the defensive line and as a linebacker … Recorded his fi rst career reception (10/17) … Was placed on injured reserve (10/31). Indianapolis (9/9): Saw time on special teams and collected a solo tackle on kickoff coverage in the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Colts ... Also lined up at fullback in short yardage situations. at Arizona (9/19): Played on the defensive line, at linebacker and as a fullback in the Patriots' 23-12 victory over the Cardinals. at Buffalo (10/3): Started at fullback in the Patriots' 31-17 victory over the Bills ... Played in a reserve role on defense and special teams. Miami (10/10): Saw action in a reserve role in the Patriots' 24-10 victory over the Dolphins. Seattle (10/17): Saw action at fullback and on special teams in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Seahawks ... Made his first career reception on an 11-yard pass from Tom Brady on third-and-four in the second quarter ... Collected two special teams tackles. N.Y. Jets (10/24): Started at fullback and caught two passes for seven yards in the Patriots' 13-7 win over the Jets ... Grabbed an 8-yard reception in the flat on the opening play from scrimmage.
2003 (13/1, 1/0): Played in 13 games, including one start at nose tackle … Made his NFL debut against the N.Y. Jets (09/21) … Made his fi rst career start as a nose tackle at Denver (11/03) … Recorded his first career sack when he dropped Patrick Ramsey for three-yard loss at Washington (09/28) … Lined up at fullback for five of the Patriots nine touchdown runs. N.Y. Jets (9/21): Made his NFL debut … Saw action at outside linebacker in the second half and registered one solo tackle. Washington (9/28): Recorded his first career sack when he dropped Patrick Ramsey for a 3-yard loss in the first quarter … Blocked John Hall's 48-yard field goal attempt with 6:24 to play in the second quarter. Tennessee (10/5): Contributed on offense, defense and special teams … Registered three solo tackles, all for losses … Lined up at fullback on goal line situations and supplied solid lead blocks on 1-yard touchdown plunges by Antowain Smith and Michael Cloud. N.Y. Giants (10/12): Saw action on offense, defense and special teams … Notched one solo tackle in defensive play … As a fullback, gained five yards and gave the Patriots a first down with his first career rush … Lined up at fullback and helped open running room for Michael Cloud on his 1- yard touchdown plunge. Cleveland (10/26): Tallied a tackle and assisted on a sack … Teamed with Richard Seymour to sack Kelly Holcomb for an 8-yard sack. Denver (11/3): Made his fi rst career start as a nose tackle and registered two tackles. Dallas (11/16): Served as the lead blocker clearing a path for Antowain Smith's 2-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Indianapolis (11/30): Saw action on the defensive line … Recovered a fumble after Mike Vrabel sacked Peyton Manning in the first quarter.
Dan's father Joe was a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle who played for the N.Y. Jets for 11 seasons (1977-1987) before finishing his career with Indianapolis in 1988.