Terry Cole (American football)

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Terry Cole
No. 34, 30, 31
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-07-07)July 7, 1945
Place of birth: [Mitchell, Indiana]
Date of death: November 11, 2005(2005-11-11) (aged 60)
Place of death: Indianapolis, Indiana
Career information
College: Indiana University
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 9 / Pick: 242
Debuted in 1968
Last played in 1972
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards 189–641
Receptions-yards 25–171
Touchdowns 6
Stats at NFL.com

Terry Cole (July 7, 1945 – November 11, 2005) was an American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League.

He started his career at Mitchell High School, where he was named to the All-State team in both his junior and senior years, earning All-American honors his senior year. Cole went on to play at Indiana University, where he started at fullback his sophomore, junior, and senior years. In 1967, he was named MVP of the annual Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue University, rushing for 155 yards and one touchdown.

Cole played six seasons for the Baltimore Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Miami Dolphins, as well as in the World Football League. Highlights of his pro football career include three Super Bowl appearances and the runner-up rookie of the year award in 1968.

After his NFL career, Cole started several small businesses and was president of Cole-Chem, a diversified specialty chemical company. Cole was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the Zora Clevenger award in 2005, the highest honor given to a former IU athlete. In September 2000 the Mitchell High School (Indiana) football field was officially renamed Terry Cole Field.

Cole died on November 11, 2005 of cancer.