LOU CREEKMUR

LOU CREEKMUR

Class of 1996
Tackle-Guard >>> 6-4, 246
(William & Mary)
1950-1959 Detroit Lions

Louis Creekmur. . .No. 2 draft pick, 1950. . .Primarily an offensive lineman, used on defense in short-yardage situations . . .Flamboyant, versatile, strong blocker. . . Workhorse, played in 165 straight games (includes preseason, regular season and playoffs), 1950-1958. . .All-NFL guard, 1951, 1952. . .All-NFL tackle, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957. . .Selected for eight Pro Bowls, twice as guard, six times as tackle. . . Played on three Lions NFL title teams. . . Born January 22, 1927, in Hopelawn, New Jersey. . .Died July 5, 2009, at age of 82.

Lou Creekmur, a 6-4, 246-pound college star at William and Mary, joined the Detroit Lions in 1950 and quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and talented performers on a team loaded with outstanding stars.

During the 1950s decade when the Lions won National Football League championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957, Creekmur was a perennial All-NFL selection. An outstanding blocker on both passing and rushing plays, Lou started his pro career as an offensive guard, winning all-league acclaim at that spot in 1951 and 1952. He then was shifted to offensive left tackle where he remained, except for one season, the rest of his 10-year career. At that position, Lou was named All-NFL four times in 1953, 1954, 1956 and 1957. In 1953, he earned all-league honors at both guard and tackle.

Then, in 1955, he spent most of the season filling in capably, in an emergency situation, at defensive middle guard. Throughout his Detroit tenure, the versatile Creekmur was used in critical short-yardage defensive situations.

Extremely durable, Creekmur played every pre-season, regular-season and post-season game during his first nine campaigns and, going into his final season, owned a streak of more than 165 consecutive game appearances. Besides two divisional playoff games and four NFL championship contests he played in as a Lion, Lou was selected to eight consecutive Pro Bowl classics from 1950 through 1957.

He joined Bobby Layne and Doak Walker as only the third offensive player from the Lions vintage years to earn Pro Football Hall of Fame membership. Defensive teammates already in the Hall included Joe Schmidt, Jack Christiansen and Yale Lary.

Year Team
G
1950 Detroit
12
1951 Detroit
12
1952 Detroit
12
1953 Detroit
12
1954 Detroit
12
1955 Detroit
12
1956 Detroit
12
1957 Detroit
12
1958 Detroit
12
1959 Detroit
8
Career Total
116
Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 2-23; Fumble Recoveries: 3
Full Name: Louis Creekmur

Birthdate: January 22, 1927

Birthplace: Hopelawn, New Jersey

High School:
Woodbridge (NJ)

Died: July 5, 2009

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 27, 1996

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 27, 1996

Presenter: Doak Walker, Former Lions' teammate

Other Members of Class of 1996: Dan Dierdorf, Joe Gibbs, Charlie Joiner, Mel Renfro

Pro Career: 10 seasons, 116 games

Drafted: 2nd round of special draft in 1950 by Detroit Lions

Uniform Number: 76

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