Pervis Atkins

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Pervis Atkins
No. 27, 25, 39
Position: Running back / tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1935-11-24)November 24, 1935
Place of birth: Ruston, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Santa Ana College, New Mexico State
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 3 / Pick: 30
AFL draft: 1960 / Round: Second Selections
(by the Minneapolis AFL team)
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Pervis R. Atkins, Jr. (born November 24, 1935 in Ruston, Louisiana) is a former American football player. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1953,[1] and played college football at New Mexico State University, where he was a halfback, flanker, and placekicker. In 1959, he became the first of four straight New Mexico State University players to lead the nation in rushing yardage with 130 carries for 971 yards. He played professionally in the American Football League for the Oakland Raiders in 1965 and 1966. He had previously played for the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. On April 30, 2009, Atkins was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also an actor and producer, known for the films The Longest Yard (1974), Delvecchio (1976) and The Desperate Miles (1975), and a guest starring role in an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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  1. ^ "Pervis Atkins, Class of 1953". School Historical Archive. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  • [1] UTEP vs. NMSU rivalry: Players on both sides hold fast to vivid memories