Charlie West (born August 31, 1946 in Big Spring, Texas) is a former safety who played for three National Football League teams. He played in Super Bowl IV as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. He also still holds the UTEP career record of 19 interceptions, including a school record four in one game. Today, he presently lives near New York City and coaches the Carmel High School football team in New York serving as the defensive coordinator.

Charlie West
Born: (1946-08-31) August 31, 1946 (age 73)
Big Spring, Texas
Career information
Position(s)Safety, Cornerback
CollegeTexas-El Paso
NFL draft1968 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Career history
As coach
1980California (DB)
1981-1989Denver Broncos (DB)
1991–1992New England Patriots (DB)
As player
1968–1973Minnesota Vikings
1974–1977Detroit Lions
1978–1979Denver Broncos
Career highlights and awards

Charlie West returned kicks and punts for the Minnesota Vikings, and still holds the team's record for longest punt return. On November 3, 1968, playing the Washington Redskins, West returned a Mike Bragg punt 98 yards for a touchdown.[1]


  1. ^ "Minnesota Vikings 2017 Media Guide, page 235" (PDF).