Stewart Stover

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Smokey Stover
No. 35
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1938-08-24) August 24, 1938 (age 82)
McPherson, Kansas
Career information
College: Northeast Louisiana
Undrafted: 1960
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Louisiana Monroe Hall Of Fame
  • American Football League Champion, 1962 and 1966
  • Canadian Football League Grey Cup Champion, 1967
Player stats at PFR

Stewart Lynn "Smokey" Stover (born August 24, 1938) is an American former gridiron football player. He played College football at Northeast Louisiana State College—now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe—as a fullback and professionally in the American Football League (AFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL) as a linebacker.

Stover was raised in Oilton, Oklahoma and Vidaway, Oklahoma, and attended a military high school in Claremore, Oklahoma. He played football at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma and at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he was later elected to first class of the school's hall of fame in 1978. [1] [2]

When he was signed in 1960 as an original Dallas Texan in the American Football League, head coach Hank Stram converted him to a linebacker. He played for the Texans in their classic double-overtime victory over the two-time defending AFL Champion Houston Oilers in 1962, and for the Kansas City Chiefs when they won the 1966 AFL title, once again over a two-time defending AFL Champion, this time the Buffalo Bills, and played in the first AFL-NFL World Championship game. After leaving the Chiefs following the 1966 AFL season, Stover played for the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, winning the Grey Cup with them in 1967. After his football career, he moved to Lafayette, Louisiana. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 Jimmie Tramel, "'Smokey' Stover was state's super (bowl) man", Tulsa World , October 10, 2010.
  2. ULM Warhawk Football Records (University of Louisiana at Monroe, 2007), p.105 (accessed October 10, 2010).