Earl Leggett

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Earl Leggett
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Position: Defensive tackle, defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1933-03-05)March 5, 1933
Palatka, Florida
Died:May 15, 2008(2008-05-15) (aged 75)
Raymond, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Jacksonville (FL) Lee
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 1957  / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Earl Franklin Leggett (March 5, 1933 – May 15, 2008) was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, and the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU). He was also an assistant coach for various teams. [1]

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Leggett's career in professional football began as a first-round draft pick of the Bears in 1957 and spanned 11 years (1957–1968). He is recorded as having played in 132 professional football games.

His career lasted from 1957 to 1965 with Chicago, where he played at both defensive tackle and defensive end positions. He was part of the famed "Monsters of the Midway" defense that led the Bears to the 1963 NFL championship. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1966, where he played in 10 regular season games with the Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" defense.

Toward the end of his career, journeyman Leggett played 20 games in 1967 and 1968 for the expansion New Orleans Saints franchise. While statistics on sacks were not recorded back then, www.pro-football-reference.com credits Leggett with 16 fumble recoveries, 1 safety and 1 interception.

Leggett did outstanding community service in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast region. He first played college football at Hinds Jr. College (today known as Hinds Community College) which was the only school that would give him a chance due to academic circumstances. He started playing for them at 16 (which was then legal) and was able to raise his academic standing to get into LSU. Leggett became an All-Southeastern Conference player at LSU.

Leggett had four children and 14 grandchildren.

Coaching career

Leggett helped shape the careers of Howie Long with the Raiders and Michael Strahan with the New York Giants. He introduced Long into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

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References

  1. "Earl Leggett NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 5, 2016.