Greg Latta

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Greg Latta
No. 44
Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-10-13)October 13, 1952
Place of birth: Newark, New Jersey
Date of death: September 28, 1994(1994-09-28) (aged 41)
Place of death: Newark, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Newark (NJ) South Side
College: Morgan State
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 8 / Pick: 188
Debuted in 1974 for the Florida Blazers
Last played in 1979 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Morgan State Hall of Fame
  • All-WFL (1974)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 90
Receiving Yards 1,081
Average 12.0
Touchdowns 7
Stats at NFL.com

Gregory Edwin Latta (October 13, 1952 - September 28, 1994 was an American football player. As tight end, he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, but played instead for the Florida Blazers of the World Football League in 1974. He was traded to the Chicago Bears in 1975 for third- and seventh-round draft picks, along with the head coach of the Blazers, Jack Pardee.[1] Latta was a member of the Bears from 1975 to 1979.

In his rookie season with the Florida Blazers, Latta caught 39 passes for 815 yards and nine touchdown receptions. The Blazers went to the 1974 World Bowl Championship game falling 22-21 to the Birmingham Americans.

During his 5-year NFL career, the 6-foot-three, 227-pound tight end caught 90 passes for 1,081 yards and 7 touchdowns. On special teams, he returned 3 kickoffs for 22 yards.[2]

Background[edit]

Latta attended South Side High School in Newark[3] and Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Death[edit]

He died on September 28, 1994 at St. Michael's Hospital, Newark, New Jersey. He was 41 years old.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayer, Larry (2014-01-28). "Bears drafted Payton 39 years ago". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Gregory Edwin Latta". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  3. ^ Carroll, Bob (1999). Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. Retrieved 2008-04-14.