Earl Lunsford

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Earl Lunsford
No. 27
Date of birth (1933-10-19)October 19, 1933
Place of birth Stillwater, Oklahoma
Date of death September 3, 2008(2008-09-03) (aged 74)
Place of death Fort Worth, Texas
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) RB
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)
College Oklahoma State
NFL draft 1956 / Round: 26 / Pick: 305
Drafted by Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
As administrator
19681982 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
19851987 Calgary Stampeders
As player
1956 Calgary Stampeders
19591963 Calgary Stampeders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1961, 1962
CFL West All-Star 1960, 1961, 1962
Career stats

Earl Lunsford (October 19, 1933 – September 3, 2008), known as the "Earthquake", was a fullback for the Calgary Stampeders and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

College football[edit]

Lunsford played his college football with Oklahoma State University.

Calgary[edit]

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 1000 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.[1] He was an All West all star in 1960 and All Canadian in 1961.[2] 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.[1]

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.[1]

Earl Lunsford had his own theme song "Earl The Pearl of Calgary".

General manager[edit]

After his playing career, Lunsford became General Manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1968–1982) and the Calgary Stampeders (1985–1987).[1]

Post-football honors[edit]

For his outstanding years as a dominant running back, Lunsford was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Death[edit]

He died September 3, 2008, aged 74, of Alzheimer's disease at his Texas home.[3][4] He is survived by his wife Margot, children Brenda and Lamar, and three grandchildren.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sportak, Randy (2008-09-05). "Earthquake shook up CFL". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Earl Lunsford Passes Away". Calgary Stampeder Football Club. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  3. ^ Cameron, Allen (2008-09-04). "CFL legend Lunsford dies at age 74". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Legendary Stampeder dies". Calgary Sun. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  5. ^ "CFL loses Hall of Famer Earl Lunsford". CBC Sports. 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 

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