Former Redskins DT from Midland Dies of Heart Failure at 43

Staff Report

The Associated Press

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - One-time Midland High School football standout Wally Kleine has died. He was 43.

Kleine died of heart failure Sunday at a Lubbock hospital.

He went on to play defensive tackle for Notre Dame and the Washington Redskins.

Kleine was an all-state player at Midland High in 1981 and earned All-American honors at Notre Dame. He was a second-round pick by the Redskins in 1987 and spent two years with them.

Injuries cut short Kleine's pro career, but he spent two years as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech under former coach Spike Dykes. After leaving football, he remained in the Lubbock area and worked in commercial real estate and investments.