Earl Leggett

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Earl Leggett
Date of birth (1933-03-05)March 5, 1933
Place of birth Palatka, Florida
Date of death May 15, 2008(2008-05-15) (aged 75)
Place of death Raymond, Mississippi
Career information
Position(s) Defensive tackle
College Louisiana State
NFL draft 1957 / Round: 1 / Pick 13
Career history
As player
1957–1965 Chicago Bears
1966 Los Angeles Rams
1967–1968 New Orleans Saints
Career stats

Earl Franklin Leggett (born March 5, 1933 in Palatka, Florida – died May 15, 2008 in Raymond, Mississippi) was an American football defensive lineman in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, and the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Louisiana State University. He was also an assistant coach for various teams.[1]

Leggett's career in professional football began as a first-round draft pick of the Bears in 1957 and spanned 11 years (1957–1968). He is recorded as having played in 132 professional football games.

His career lasted from 1957 to 1965 with Chicago, where he played at both defensive tackle and defensive end positions. He was part of the famed "Monsters of the Midway" defense that led the Bears to the 1963 NFL championship. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1966, where he played in 10 regular season games with the Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" defense.

Toward the end of his career, journeyman Leggett played 20 games in 1967 and 1968 for the expansion New Orleans Saints franchise. While statistics on sacks were not recorded back then, www.pro-football-reference.com credits Leggett with 16 fumble recoveries, 1 safety and 1 interception.

Leggett did outstanding community service in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast region. He first played college football at Hinds Jr. College (today known as Hinds Community College) which was the only school that would give him a chance due to academic circumstances. He started playing for them at 16 (which was then legal) and was able to raise his academic standing to get into Louisiana State University. Leggett became an All-Southeastern Conference player at LSU.

Leggett had four children and 14 grandchildren.

==Coaching History=

Helped shape the careers of Howie Long, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Michael Strahan, New York Giants. Introduced Howie Long into the Hall of Fame 2000.


  1. ^ "Earl Leggett NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 5, 2016.