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|Born:||January 21, 1944|
|College:||San Diego State|
|NFL Draft:|| 1965 / Round: 6 / Pick: 77|
(By the Philadelphia Eagles)
|AFL draft:|| 1965 / Round: Red Shirt 1 / Pick: 6|
(By the San Diego Chargers)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Gary Lynn Garrison (born January 21, 1944 in Amarillo, Texas) is a former American football wide receiver who played professional football in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). He attended San Diego State University from 1964 to 1965. His 26 touchdown receptions are still a career school record.
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