Eye for the ball

Enshrinement Published on : 7/29/2010
Class of 2010 enshrinee Dick LeBeau is known today as a man who has spent more than a half-century in the National Football League. As great of a contribution he has made as an innovative coach in the league, he is being enshrined in Canton for his 14-season career as a cornerback for the Detroit Lions.

Originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns but cut, he caught on with the Lions. He played in six games with Detroit as a rookie in 1959 but failed to record an interception. Starting with his second year, LeBeau strung together 12 straight seasons with at least three picks.

LeBeau’s career as a player not only ranks among the finest of his era, his stats continue to hold up even decades after his playing days concluded. He retired ranked third all-time in career interceptions with 62. In all, he picked off 29 different quarterbacks. Here is a listing of his “victims.”

Rank Player INT
3 Jack Concannon 5
4t Bill Munson 4
4t Roman Gabriel 4
6t Joe Kapp 3
6t John Brodie 3
9t Earl Morrall 2
9t Gary Cuozzo 2
9t Bob Berry 2
9t Sam Etcheverry 2
9t Steve Spurrier 2
14t Frank Ryan 1
14t Eddie LeBaron 1
14t Terry Baker 1
14t Dick Shiner 1
14t Jim Ninowski 1
14t Y.A. TITTLE 1
14t Norm Snead 1
14t Lamar McHan 1
14t Rudy Buckich 1
14t Billy Wade 1
14t Bill Nelson 1
14t Jim Hart 1
14t Sam Wyche 1
14t Daryle Lamonica 1
14t Bobby Douglass 1
14t Scott Hunter 1

denotes member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame