“Off Press” is a series of conversations with members of the LMU community about their impact on the world through their lives, their work and their Jesuit education.
Episode 2: On January 12, 2016, National Football League owners approved the return of the Rams to Los Angeles. It was a day that the late Don Klosterman ’52, who helped shape the history of pro football in L.A., would have celebrated. Klosterman helped make Loyola University and Los Angeles college football a national talking point when he set NCAA passing records as a Loyola quarterback. He found even greater success as general manager of the Los Angeles’ Rams and Express (USFL). Former L.A. Times sportswriter Chris Dufresne, who covered and knew Klosterman, talks about a man who was “larger than life” and helped shape L.A. football history on the field and in the front office.
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More about Chris Dufresne
Chris Dufresne recently retired after a 34-year career at the Los Angeles Times in which he covered a wide variety of sports, including the USFL, NFL, golf, major league baseball, boxing and seven Olympic Games. For the last 20 years he served as the paper's national college football and basketball columnist. He has won numerous writing awards, including California Sports Writer of the Year in 2011. A Los Angeles native, he graduated from Cal State Fullerton and currently resides in Chino Hills with his wife and three children.