Willie Lanier

Linebacker

“Contact”

Willie Lanier

11 seasons
27 interceptions
18 fumble recoveries
8 All-Star games

11

seasons

27

interceptions

18

fumble recoveries

8

All-Star games
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"Those who evaluated me never thought I was as good as I thought I was. You see, I came into pro football with a heckuva purpose. I looked upon it as a helluva challenge to prove something. Being the first black middle linebacker placed me in an unusual position.”

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(Morgan State)...6'1'', 245...Willie Edward Lanier. . .Chiefs' No. 2 pick, 1967 draft. . .Fast, agile, quick-thinking, anchor of Kansas City's vaunted defense. . . Nicknamed "Contact" because of ferocious tackling. . .Durable, missed only one game his last 10 years . . .Intercepted 27 passes for 440 yards, two TDs. . . Defensive star in Super Bowl IV upset. . .All-AFL/AFC eight times. . . Elected to two AFL All-Star games, six AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. . .Born August 21, 1945, in Clover, Virginia.