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|Born:||September 18, 1935|
Perry, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||233 lb (106 kg)|
|High school:||Midwest City (OK)|
|NFL Draft:||1958 / Round: 3 / Pick: 32|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Player stats at PFR|
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