P.L. "Flip" Kleffner


A three-year letter winner from 1951-54, Flip Kleffner did it all for the Idaho football team. As a junior, Kleffner led the team in rushing and receiving.

He racked up 330 yards on 68 carries for a solid 4.9 yards per carry, to go with 13 catches for 146 yards. Kleffner also showed his clout on special teams as Idaho’s punter, averaging 41.1 yards per kick, including a school-record 82-yard bomb. Kleffner lettered one year in baseball as the team captain in 1953, and also served as the student body president in 1954. His legacy at Idaho was cemented when as the student body president, he claimed at the pep rally the night before the WSU game that “if we beat Washington State tomorrow, there will be no school on Monday”. Idaho won 10-0, school was shut down on Monday, and Flip was dubbed a “hero.”

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