Remembering HOFer Yale Lary

Yale Lary photo courtesy of the Detroit Lions

Hall-of-Fame defensive back Yale Lary, who made Rick Gosselin’s all-time Hall-of-Fame team as a punter, died Friday morning. He was 86.

One of the best football players of the 1950s, Lary was a star defensive back, punter and returner for the Detroit Lions and was so good at all three that he was a nine-time Pro Bowl choice and was part of the Lions’ last three championship teams (1952-53 and 1957).

Despite missing three years to service in the U.S. Army, Lary intercepted 50 passes, recovered 13 fumbles, scored three times on punt returns and averaged 44.3 yards per punt.

“Yale Lary was a true American hero,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “He was defined by his heart and character that made him one of the game’s greatest players.”

Lary, the lone Texas A&M product chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was eulogized in Friday’s Dallas Morning News … which you can read right here right now:

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1 Comment

  1. bachslunch
    May 13, 2017

    Fine player, deserving HoFer. Has a strong honors profile of 4/9/50s and with Jack Christensen formed what was arguably the best safety tandem ever. And best I can tell, he ranks third all time in average yards per punt for anyone who played primarily before the 21st century (44.3) behind only Sammy Baugh and Tommy Davis.

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