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Hank Lauricella, “Mr. Everything,” dies at 83

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Hank Lauricella, a college football superstar, NFL player and Louisiana legislator who helped paved the way for the building of the Superdome, has died at the age of 83.

In college at Tennessee, Lauricella became known as “Mr. Everything” because he was, as the New York Times put it, the team’s main runner, passer, punter, punt returner, kickoff returner, offensive signal caller and defensive safety. Lauricella was one of the last of football’s single-wing tailbacks, who could run, pass or punt. His highlight reel shows all the great things that single-wing players did that we rarely see in modern football, including spins and jump passes, and it also includes his 75-yard run against Texas in the 1951 Cotton Bowl, one of the best runs in football history.

Lauricella was a Heisman Trophy runner-up and is a College Football Hall of Famer, but his NFL career was short: He was drafted by the Dallas Texans and played for them in 1952, but when they moved to Baltimore and became the Colts, Lauricella decided not to go with them and instead joined the Army. He later served in Korea.

After leaving the Army Lauricella was a Louisiana state representative from 1964 to 1972 and a state senator from 1972 to 1996, and he was instrumental in the building of the Louisiana Superdome, where the Saints continue to play.

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7 Responses to “Hank Lauricella, “Mr. Everything,” dies at 83”
  1. citizenstrange says: Apr 12, 2014 11:05 AM

    R.I.P. Mr. Everything. Terrific football player and patriot. Can you imagine how much fun it would have been to be single-wing tailback?

  2. murraysons says: Apr 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    Can you imagine any player today leaving the NFL to go fight in Afghanistan? RIP Hank and RIP Tillman

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 12, 2014 11:20 AM

    How do you play almost every snap of the game and wind up a Heisman runner-up? O.o

  4. 4thqtrsaint says: Apr 12, 2014 12:57 PM

    I thought the Dallas Texans became the KC Chiefs. Gotta brush up on my league history.

  5. outlawjerseywhales says: Apr 12, 2014 2:19 PM

    4thqtrsaint
    That was the 1962 AFL championship team that became the Chiefs.
    This was the 1952 NFL team that was taken over by the league near the end of the season. When Baltimore was granted a franchise they were also awarded the players from that team. Mr. Lauricella chose not to go.

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Apr 12, 2014 2:54 PM

    Thank you Hank.

  7. higheriqthanyou says: Apr 12, 2014 8:35 PM

    Thank you sir.

    Now did he play on the last 49er SB championship team of the last Steeler championship team?

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