Chuck Klingbeil started his college career in 1985 for the Northern Michigan Wildcats, a Division D-II School. After starting for the Wildcats for four seasons, Klingbeil was not selected in the NFL Draft of 1989.
He ultimately signed a free agent contract to play in the Canadian Football League in 1989 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He played with the team for two seasons culminating in a victory in the CFL's year ending "Grey Cup," beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 43-40. Klingbeil was named the defensive Most Valuable Player in the game.
Klingbeil made his NFL debut in 1991 after having signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins. In the fourth week of the season he scored his only career touchdown. The Green Bay Packers Don Majkowski fumbled in his own end zone and Klingbeil fell on it as the Dolphins beat the Packers 16-13 for Don Shula's 300th victory. He started four of the 15 games in which he appeared that season, collecting a total of five sacks, all in the last four weeks of the season.
In 1992, Klingbeil would earn a spot as the Dolphin's starting nose tackle, appearing and starting in 15 games. The Dolphins made the playoffs that season, winning the AFC East with an 11-5 record and beating the San Diego Chargers 31-0 before losing the AFC Championship to the Buffalo Bills, 29-10.
1993 would see Klingbeil moved to the right defensive tackle position for Miami, starting all 16 games. The team finished with a 9-7 record and finished second in the AFC East, on the outside looking in at the playoffs.
Klingbeil would stay on the right side of the defensive line, starting 30 games over the next two seasons for the Dolphins.
Klingbeil retired after the 1995 season, and is currently the defensive line coach for the Michigan Tech Huskies.