LUNDY, LAMAR

LAMAR LUNDY (Deceased)

Inducted: January 16, 1975 in Richmond, IN

Date of Birth: April 17, 1935 in Richmond

High School Attended: Richmond                   Graduated: 1953

High School Honors: All-American in both football and basketball; member of Indiana Basketball All-Stars Team, defeating Kentucky All-Stars 1953; was the first black athlete to receive a football scholarship to Purdue.

College Attended: Purdue University              Graduated: 1957

College Honors: Three-year starter and letterman in football and basketball; first black athlete to earn a regular position at PU in both sports; played in College All-Stars Football Game in Chicago; only Purdue player to win Big Ten MVP honors in both football and basketball.

Professional Athletic Background: Was a fourth round draft choice of Los Angeles Rams; set National Football League records for a defensive lineman by returning 3 interceptions for touchdowns; member of Rams Fearsome Foursome (Lundy, Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, and Rosey Grier), considered the most well-known and dominant defensive line in NFL history; had also been drafted by the St. Louis Hawks (now Atlanta) basketball team in 1957, but chose to play football with the Rams.

Professional Athletic Honors: Had longest tenure in Los Angeles Rams history of 13 years, 1957-1969, playing offense early on and switching to defense in early 1960's; named to Pro Bowl in 1959; named to the NFL All-Pro Team 1967; was team's sack leader in 1961.

Coaching Experience: Assistant coach for San Diego Chargers in 1970, retiring due to illness.

Special Recognition: Was honored in June, 1968, by home town of Richmond with “Lundy Monday,” a weekend affair which brought together men who had coached him throughout his career; past-president and member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame; one of only two people inducted into both the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990; inducted into Purdue Hall of Fame in 1995.

Family: Daughters, Vicki, Tara, and Annie; sons, Lamar III and Ronald; 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grand children.

Mr. Lundy passed away February 24, 2007.