Mel Branch

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Mel Branch
Mel Branch 1960.jpg
No. 87
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born:February 15, 1937
Leesville, Louisiana
Died:April 21, 1992(1992-04-21) (aged 55)
DeRidder, Louisiana
Career information
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 1960  / Round: 10 / Pick: 118
AFL draft: 1960  / Round: Second Selections
(by the Denver Broncos)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career AFL statistics
Games played:126
Games started:21
Fumble recoveries:3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Melvin Leroy Branch (February 15, 1937 – April 21, 1992) was a college and professional American football defensive end for the Dallas Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins in the American Football League (AFL).

He was a member of the "Chinese Bandits" defense for the national championship winning 1958 LSU Tigers football team, and a starter for the Texans in their victory over the Houston Oilers in the longest professional football game played up to that time, the 1962 AFL Championship Game.

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