L. G. Dupree
Dupree on a 1955 Bowman football card
|Date of birth||September 10, 1932|
|Place of birth||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Date of death||August 9, 2001(aged 68)|
|Place of death||Texas City, Texas, United States|
|NFL Draft||1955 / Round: 3 / Pick 27|
Louis George Dupre (born September 10, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana, died August 9, 2001 in Texas City, Texas,) was a professional American football running back for seven seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft.
Dupre played at Baylor University from 1952-54, gaining 1,423 yards over his three seasons and scoring 19 touchdowns. In his last two seasons at Baylor, the team went 7-3 and 7-4 and played in the Gator Bowl in 1954.
Dupre, a third-round selection in the 1955 NFL Draft, played with the Baltimore Colts from 1955-59, and winning two NFL titles. He started the 1958 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants, gaining 30 yards on 10 carries. Dupre was also a member of the 1959 Baltimore Colts championship team but, due to an injury, he did not play in the rematch against the New York Giants, which the Colts won 31-16. Halfback Mike Sommer substituted for Dupre in the 1959 NFL Championship Game.
In 1959, Dupre played in only the first 4 regular games of the season. His only touchdown was a 2 yard pass from John Unitas against the Chicago Bears on October 18, 1959. He sustained a season ending injury while driving home from a Tuesday practice. He put on the brakes and felt something pop in his leg. It was ruptured blood vessels in his thigh.
Shortly before his season ending injury in October 1959, a reporter at the Baltimore Sun described a practice run by Dupre during a Colts defensive drill that week. Although tackling the first string halfback was strictly prohibited, Dupre ran to Big Daddy Lipscomb's area and Big Daddy dropped a huge arm on top of Dupre's head that made his legs wobble. Then, when Dupre entered the defensive secondary, linebacker Don Shinnick jolted Dupre with a forearm that could be heard in the ticket office. Finally, safety Johnny Sample ran into Dupre and "spun him like a top", with Dupre landing flat on the turf.
In 1959, Dupre was involved in a bowling establishment venture with Unitas, who served as president of "The Pro Bowl", whilst Dupre was executive V.P. Apparently, the business relationship ended relatively quickly: when Unitas was sued in July 1964 by bowling manufacturer, Brunswick Corporation, Dupre's name and "The Pro Bowl" were nowhere in sight. Instead, the names of Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom and Colts General Manager Donald Kellet were included in the suit.
While playing in Baltimore, Dupre worked for Bethlehem Steel during the off season.
An article in the Baltimore Sun on February 12, 1960 reported that Dupre's wife Alda Maxine (Sissy) Dupre was suing him for alimony. The article indicated that his wife stated allegations of abandonment of both her and their two children, as well as domestic abuse (beating with coat hanger and blackening eyes with fists). The article also stated that his wife alleged he accused her of being with other men.
Another Baltimore Sun article on October 2, 1962 indicated that the Baltimore Colts were interested in signing Dupre to replace Lenny Moore if Moore's injuries were serious enough to keep him from playing. The Sun reporter spoke with Dupre's wife in Dallas and she explained that Dupre had to first check with his employer (General Electric) about a leave of absence. She indicated that Dupre had a good job and did not want to lose it. Dupre's wife was still Sissy Dupre. Dupre stayed retired from pro ball and did not return to Baltimore.
Dupre died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
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