|Born:||December 8, 1943|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||220 lb (100 kg)|
|AFL Draft:|| 1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 27|
(by the Oakland Raiders)
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
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