Gene Lipscomb

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Gene Lipscomb
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Date of birth (1931-08-09)August 9, 1931
Place of birth Uniontown, Alabama
Date of death May 10, 1963(1963-05-10) (aged 31)
Place of death Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
Position(s) Defensive lineman
College None
Career history
As player
1953–1955 Los Angeles Rams
1956–1960 Baltimore Colts
1961–1962 Pittsburgh Steelers
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 1958, 1959, 1962
Awards 1962 Pro Bowl MVP
1959 Pro Bowl MVP
Honors AP First-team All-Pro (1958, 1959)
NEA First-team All-Pro selection (1958, 1959, 1961)
Career stats

Eugene Allen "Gene" Lipscomb (August 9, 1931 – May 10, 1963) was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) and a professional wrestler. He was known by the nickname "Big Daddy".

Early life[edit]

Born in Uniontown, Alabama, Lipscomb never knew his father, and moved to Detroit, Michigan with his mother at the age of three. When he was 11, his mother was murdered in the neighborhood where they lived, and he moved in with his maternal grandparents.

Pro career[edit]

After graduating from Miller High School, Lipscomb did not attend college and was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Rams, who had first noticed Gene playing football in the Marines. He spent his service at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. He played for the Rams for three seasons, from 1953 to 1955, before being traded to the Baltimore Colts for five seasons. In two of the seasons he played for the Colts, 1958 and 1959, he earned a spot in the Pro Bowl, and was instrumental in the Colts' two consecutive NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959. He then went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers for two seasons. During the 1959–60 and 1960–61 off-seasons, Lipscomb worked as a professional wrestler.

The Professional Football Researchers Association named Lipscomb to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2006 [1]


On May 10, 1963, Lipscomb died of an overdose of heroin on Brice Street in Baltimore, Maryland, at the apartment of Timothy Black.[2]

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