Leon Manley

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Leon Manley
No. 66
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1926-05-20)May 20, 1926
Place of birth: Hollis, Oklahoma
Date of death: March 13, 2010(2010-03-13) (aged 83)
Place of death: Austin, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Hollis (OK)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1950 / Round: 7 / Pick: 82
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • CFL All-Star (1953)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 24
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Willie Leon Manley (May 20, 1926 – March 13, 2010) was an American football player and coach. He was born in Hollis, Oklahoma. He lettered for three seasons as guard at the University of Oklahoma from 1947 to 1949. He was selected in the 1950 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and was on their roster in 1950 and 1951. Later from 1953 to '54 he played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Interprovincial Football Union. After his playing career was through Manley pursued a coaching career and was a longtime assistant under Darrell Royal at Texas, first as offensive line coach and later succeeding Don Breaux as offensive coordinator. Royal was Manley's childhood friend and later a high school and college teammate.

Manley died in March 2010 in Austin, Texas and was predeceased by his wife, Johnnie in 2008. He was survived by his two sons, three grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.[1]