Lynn Hoyem

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Lynn Hoyem
No. 51, 63
Position: Guard, Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1939-06-27)June 27, 1939
Place of birth: Fargo, North Dakota
Date of death: February 17, 1973(1973-02-17) (aged 33)
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school: Redondo Beach (CA) Union
College: Long Beach State
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 19 / Pick: 254
AFL draft: 1962 / Round: 29 / Pick: 226
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-California Coast Athletic Association (1961)
Career NFL statistics
Games: 84
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Lynn Douglas Hoyem ( June 27, 1939 – February 17, 1973) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Long Beach State University and was drafted in the 19th round of the 1961 NFL Draft. Hoyem was also selected in the 29th round of the 1962 AFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Hoyem played quarterback at Redondo Union High School. He accepted a scholarship to Long Beach State University where he was switched to center.

In 1987, he was inducted into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame. The athletics department also created the Lynn Hoyem Leadership Award in his honor.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Hoyem was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 19th round of the 1961 NFL Draft, becoming the first player from his school to be drafted into the NFL. He was a backup center and guard during his time with the team. In 1963 he started six games at left guard.

On March 20, 1964, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles along with Sam Baker and John Meyers in exchange for Tommy McDonald.[2]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

In 1964 he started eight games at right guard. Hoyem played for four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles mostly in a reserve role on the offensive line. On July 24, 1968, he announced his retirement.

Personal life[edit]

After his football career, he became a pilot for Northwest Airlines.[3] He died in 1973 in a private plane crash.[4]


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