Just 200 pounds, Sprinkle was labeled the "meanest man" in football in a Collier's magazine article in 1950 and he was nicknamed "The Claw" for using his forearm to deliver blows to opponents.
Sprinkle went into the carpeting and tile business after his football career. He also owned a bowling alley. He stayed active with the NFL, playing in charity golf outings. Sprinkle served with the U.S. Navy.
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