John Small (American football)

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John Small
Date of birth: (1946-11-20)November 20, 1946
Place of birth: Lumberton, North Carolina
Date of death: December 10, 2012(2012-12-10) (aged 66)
Place of death: Augusta, Georgia
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: The Citadel
NFL Draft: 1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
As player:
Atlanta Falcons
Detroit Lions
Career stats
Playing stats at

John Kenneth Small[1] (November 20, 1946 - December 10, 2012 [2]) was an American football linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions in the National Football League (NFL).[3]

Small was born in Lumberton, North Carolina. He was the first round draft choice number 12 from the Citadel to the Atlanta Falcons. He played 3 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and 2 seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was drafted in the first round with the twelfth overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft.[4]

After football, Small was a speaker at schools and hospitals in the Augusta area and helped create a Christian ministry program to help troubled youth called JKS Team Incorporated (where he led as CEO).[citation needed]


  1. ^ "John Small". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  2. ^ Moore, Summer. "Former Musketeer, Falcon John Small Sr. dies | The Augusta Chronicle". Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  3. ^ "John Small". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  4. ^ "1970 NFL Player Draft". Retrieved 2008-06-10.