Eugene Lipscomb

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Eugene Lipscomb
Eugene Lipscomb.jpg
Date of birth (1931-08-09)August 9, 1931
Place of birth Uniontown, Alabama, United States
Date of death May 10, 1963(1963-05-10) (aged 31)
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 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 with his mother at the age of 3. 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]

Lipscomb didn't 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, California. He played for the Rams for three seasons from 1953-1955, 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 his '59-'60 & '60-'61 off-seasons, Lipscomb worked as a professional wrestler.


On May 10, 1963, Eugene Lipscomb died of an overdose of heroin on Brice Street in Baltimore, Maryland, at the apartment of Timothy Black.[1]


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