Mel Branch

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mel Branch
No. 87
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: February 15, 1937
Place of birth: Leesville, Louisiana
Date of death: April 21, 1992(1992-04-21) (aged 55)
Place of death: DeRidder, Louisiana
Career information
College: LSU
NFL draft: 1960 / Round: 10 / Pick: 118
(By the San Francisco 49ers)
AFL draft: 1960 / Round: 2 / Pick: 
(By the Denver Broncos)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career AFL statistics
Games played: 126
Games started: 21
Fumble recoveries: 3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Melvin Leroy Branch (February 15, 1937 – April 21, 1992) was a college and professional American football defensive end for the Dallas Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins in the American Football League (AFL).

He was a member of the "Chinese Bandits" defense for the national championship winning 1958 LSU Tigers football team, and a starter for the Texans in their victory over the Houston Oilers in the longest professional football game played up to that time, the 1962 AFL Championship Game.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]