Don Floyd

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Don Floyd
No. 75
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1938-07-10)July 10, 1938
Place of birth: Abilene, Texas
Date of death: March 9, 1980(1980-03-09) (aged 41)
Career information
College: Texas Christian
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23
(By the Baltimore Colts)
Debuted in 1960
Last played in 1967
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • TSN All-AFL selection (1961, 1962)
  • AFL All-Star (1961, 1962)
  • AFL Champion (1961, 1962)
  • Houston Oilers All-Time Team
Career NFL statistics
Games played 97
Interceptions 4
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com

Donald Wayne Floyd (July 1, 1938 – March 9, 1980) was a professional American football defensive end who played in the American Football League (AFL). Born in Abilene, Texas, He played his high school football in Midlothian, Texas, for the Midlothian Panthers. Midlothian named a stadium in his honor, but built a new one. Now Don Floyd stadium is used primarily as a practice field, which brought much criticism from Midlothian citizens. The wiry defensive end earned All America honors at Texas Christian University and stayed in Texas for his professional career. He was a draft choice of the AFL's Houston Oilers in 1960, the league's first year, and was selected as a defensive end on the American Football League All-League team in 1961 and 1962, and an AFL Eastern Division All-Star in 1963. In the early 1960s, Floyd was among the best, using a combination of strength and speed to establish a presence to be accounted for by the opposition on every play.

He played in four American Football League Championships, helping the Oilers win the league's first two titles in 1960 and 1961. Don Floyd is on the Oilers' All-Time Team.

Don Floyd died of a heart attack on March 9, 1980, while traveling through Raymondville on his way to Houston.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Martha Regina Birzer LUNSFORD v. BOARD OF NURSE EXAMINERS, 648 S.W.2d 391, Texas Court of Appeals 1983.
  2. ^ Diane FLOYD v. WILLACY COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT, Texas Court of Appeals 1986