Darris McCord

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Darris McCord
No. 78
Date of birth (1933-01-04)January 4, 1933
Place of birth Franklin, Tennessee
Date of death October 9, 2013(2013-10-09) (aged 80)
Place of death Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Career information
Position(s) Defensive end
College University of Tennessee
NFL Draft 1955 / Round: 3 / Pick 36
Career history
As player
1955–1967 Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 1 (1958)
Career stats

Darris McCord (January 4, 1933 – October 9, 2013) was an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions (1955–1967).

College career[edit]

McCord was an All-American tackle from the University of Tennessee.

Professional career[edit]

McCord was the third round pick (36th overall) of the 1955 draft. He was with the Detroit Lions for 13 years. He joined the team out of the University of Tennessee in 1955. He alternated between defensive tackle and defensive end through 1958. In 1959 he moved to the left defensive end, and remained there for the rest of his career with the Lions.[1]

McCord was one of the most durable Lions of all-time, missing only one regular-season game during his career. As a member of one of the NFL’s defensive lines termed as the Fearsome Foursome, he teamed up with fellow end Sam Williams, and tackles Alex Karras and Roger Brown, forming one of the most dominant defensive lines of the early 1960s. The Foursome spearheaded a defense that holds two of the top four sack totals in Lion history, with 50 in 1964 and 49 in 1965. McCord had one appearance in a Pro Bowl in 1958.[2][3]


McCord was born in Franklin, Tennessee and attended Cass Technical High School and then graduated from Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee.[4] McCord was diagnosed in March 2013 with pancreatic cancer. He died at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on October 9, 2013. He was 80 and is survived by his wife, Helen; two daughters, Vickie and Kelli; and a son, Mike.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former Lions defensive star McCord dies at age 80". AP. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Darris McCord FAQs, Biography And Facts Read more about Darris McCord FAQs". Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Former Detroit Lions 'Fearsome Foursome' member Darris McCord dies". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Darris "Paul McCord". databasefootball.com
  5. ^ "Darris McCord dies at 80". ESPN. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 

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