October 19, 1933|
September 3, 2008 (aged 74)|
Fort Worth, Texas
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|NFL draft||1956 / Round: 26 / Pick: 305|
|Drafted by||Philadelphia Eagles|
|1968–1982||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1961, 1962|
|CFL West All-Star||1960, 1961, 1962|
Lunsford played during college at with Oklahoma A&M.
Lunsford was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League in 1956, but instead began his six-year career in the Canadian Football League that year with the Calgary Stampeders. His time in Calgary was interrupted for 2 seasons, 1957 to 1958, while serving in the United States military. He played 5 more seasons for the Stamps, from 1959 to 1963.
Lunsford rushed for over 1,000 yards 5 times, leading the West Division with 1,343 yards in 1960. During his best season, 1961, he led the entire CFL with a whopping 1,794 yards, which made him known as the first running back in professional sports to rush for a mile in one season. He was an All West all star in 1960 and All Canadian in 1961. That year, Calgary finished with a mediocre 7-9 record, but defeated the Edmonton Eskimos in the Western conference semi-final. However, they lost the Western conference final to the eventual Grey Cup winner, the Bud Grant-led Winnipeg Blue Bombers. His best game was on September 3, 1962, in Calgary, when he scored 5 rushing touchdowns, still a Stampeder record.
In his career, he rushed 1199 times for 6994 yards, a 5.8 yard average, and 55 touchdowns, with his longest run being 85 yards. He is the Stampeder all-time rushing leader with 55 touchdowns and 28 100-yard games and is second among Stampeders for all-time rushing yards.
Earl Lunsford had his own theme song "Earl The Pearl of Calgary".
For his outstanding years as a dominant running back, Lunsford was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
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