Earl Lunsford

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Earl Lunsford
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Born:(1933-10-19)October 19, 1933
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Died: September 3, 2008(2008-09-03) (aged 74)
Fort Worth, Texas
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) RB
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)
College Oklahoma State
NFL draft 1956 / Round: 26 / Pick: 305
Drafted by Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
As administrator
19681982 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
19851987 Calgary Stampeders
As player
1956 Calgary Stampeders
19591963 Calgary Stampeders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1961, 1962
CFL West All-Star 1960, 1961, 1962
Career stats

Earl Lunsford (October 19, 1933 – September 3, 2008), known as the "Earthquake", was a fullback for the Calgary Stampeders and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Calgary Stampeders Canadian football team

The Calgary Stampeders are a professional Canadian football team based in Calgary, Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadium and are the third-oldest active franchise in the CFL. The Stampeders were officially founded in 1945, although there were clubs operating in Calgary as early as 1909.

Canadian Football Hall of Fame Canadian football museum in Ontario, Canada.

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College football

Lunsford played during college at with Oklahoma A&M.

Calgary

Lunsford was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League in 1956, but instead began his six-year career in the Canadian Football League that year with the Calgary Stampeders. His time in Calgary was interrupted for 2 seasons, 1957 to 1958, while serving in the United States military. He played 5 more seasons for the Stamps, from 1959 to 1963.

Philadelphia Eagles National Football League franchise in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Canadian Football League Professional Canadian football league

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Lunsford rushed for over 1,000 yards 5 times, leading the West Division with 1,343 yards in 1960. During his best season, 1961, he led the entire CFL with a whopping 1,794 yards, which made him known as the first running back in professional sports to rush for a mile in one season. [1] He was an All West all star in 1960 and All Canadian in 1961. [2] That year, Calgary finished with a mediocre 7-9 record, but defeated the Edmonton Eskimos in the Western conference semi-final. However, they lost the Western conference final to the eventual Grey Cup winner, the Bud Grant-led Winnipeg Blue Bombers. His best game was on September 3, 1962, in Calgary, when he scored 5 rushing touchdowns, still a Stampeder record. [1]

Edmonton Eskimos Canadian Football League team

The Edmonton Eskimos are a professional Canadian football team based in Edmonton, Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Eskimos play their home games at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium and are the third-youngest franchise in the CFL. The Eskimos were founded in 1949, although there were clubs with the name Edmonton Eskimos as early as 1895. The Eskimos are arguably the most successful CFL franchise of the modern era, having won the league's Grey Cup championship fourteen times, second overall only to the Toronto Argonauts who have won seventeen. This includes a three-peat between 1954 and 1956 and an unmatched five consecutive wins between 1978 and 1982, and most recently in 2015.

Bud Grant coach of American and Canadian football

Harry Peter "Bud" Grant Jr. is a former head coach and player of American football, Canadian football, and a former basketball player in the NBA. Grant served as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons; he was the team's second (1967–83) and fourth (1985) head coach. Before coaching the Vikings, he was the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) for ten seasons, winning the Grey Cup four times. Grant is the most successful coach in Vikings history, and the third most successful professional football coach overall, with a combined 290 wins in the NFL and CFL. Grant was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. He was the first coach in the history of professional football to guide teams to the Grey Cup and the Super Bowl.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian Football Team

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play their home games at Investors Group Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium.

In his career, he rushed 1199 times for 6994 yards, a 5.8 yard average, and 55 touchdowns, with his longest run being 85 yards. He is the Stampeder all-time rushing leader with 55 touchdowns and 28 100-yard games and is second among Stampeders for all-time rushing yards. [1]

Earl Lunsford had his own theme song "Earl The Pearl of Calgary".

General manager

After his playing career, Lunsford became General Manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1968–1982) and the Calgary Stampeders (1985–1987). [1]

Post-football honors

For his outstanding years as a dominant running back, Lunsford was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Death

He died September 3, 2008, aged 74, of Alzheimer's disease at his Texas home. [3] [4] He is survived by his wife Margot, children Brenda and Lamar, and three grandchildren. [5]

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