Mal Hammack

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Mal Hammack
No. 31, 33
Halfback, fullback, linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1933-06-19)June 19, 1933
Place of birth: Roscoe, Texas
Date of death: July 19, 2004(2004-07-19) (aged 71)
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Roscoe High School
Roscoe, Texas
College: Arlington State
Florida
NFL Draft: 1955 / Round: 3 / Pick: 26
Debuted in 1955 for the Chicago Cardinals
Last played in 1966 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1966
Games played 128
Rushing attempts 320
Rushing yards 1,278
Receptions 27
Receiving yards 255
Touchdowns 8
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Malcolm Eugene Hammack (June 19, 1933 – July 19, 2004) was an American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve years during the 1950s and 1960s. Hammack played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Chicago and St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL.

Early life[edit]

Hammack was born in Roscoe, Texas in 1933.[1] He attended Roscoe High School,[2] where he played for the Roscoe Plowboys high school football team. After graduating from high school, he attended Arlington State Junior College in Arlington, Texas,[2] and played football for the Arlington State Rebels.

Major college career[edit]

Hammack received an athletic scholarship to transfer to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Bob Woodruff's Florida Gators football team in 1953 and 1954.[3] As a senior in 1954, he was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and the first recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage."[3] Woodruff later ranked him as one of the Gators' five best offensive backs of the 1950s.[4]

Hammack returned to Florida to finish his bachelor's degree in 1958, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."[5]

Professional career[edit]

The Chicago Cardinals selected Hammack in the third round (twenty-sixth pick overall) in the 1955 NFL Draft,[6] and he played his entire twelve-year professional career for the Cardinals, in both Chicago (19551959) and St. Louis (19601966).[7] Hammack was used primarily as a blocking fullback, but he still had 320 carries for 1,278 yards and seven touchdowns in his career.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Mal Hammack. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  2. ^ a b databaseFootball.com, Players, Mal Hammack. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  3. ^ a b 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 96, 103, 139–140, 181 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Tom McEwen, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama, pp. 210–211 (1974).
  5. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  6. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1955 National Football League Draft. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  7. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Mal Hammack. Retrieved May 27, 2010.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • McEwen, Tom, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama (1974). ISBN 0-87397-025-X.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.