Doug English

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Doug English
No. 78
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-08-25) August 25, 1953 (age 61)
Place of birth: United States Dallas, Texas
Career information
College: Texas
NFL draft: 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 59
Games: 131
Safeties: 4
Stats at

Lowell Douglas English (born August 25, 1953) is a former American football Defensive Tackle for the Detroit Lions (1975–1985).

Early years[edit]

English was born in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Bryan Adams High School.

College career[edit]

English attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1976 with a major in History. He helped the Texas Longhorns to three Southwest Conference titles. He was also a member of the Texas Cowboys. In 2011, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Along with defensive end Al "Bubba" Baker, English was a cornerstone of the Lions’ feared "Silver Rush" defensive line of the late 70’s and early 80’s. The 6-foot-5, 255 pound English was Detroit’s second-round pick in 1975 out of the University of Texas. Because of chronic injuries that were hampering his play, English left football for a year in 1979. However after a year, English rejoined prior to 1981 season.

Doug’s best season came in 1983, when he recorded 13 sacks. That year the Lions won the NFC Central Division title with a 9-7 mark, and lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 24-23, in the divisional round. Upon the arrival of new coach Darryl Rogers in 1985, English was moved to nose tackle in the team’s new 3-4 defensive alignment. His career ended after that season due to a serious neck injury. He finished his career with 59 sacks, which still places him sixth on the Lions’ all-time list. He was named All-Pro three times (1981, 1983–84) and went to four Pro Bowls (1979, 1982–84).

Doug is also the President of the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation.