Quarterback Eddie LeBaron, who made it to the NFL despite a five-foot, seven-inch, and 160-pound frame, died Wednesday at the age of 85, according to the Sacramento Bee.
A tenth-round pick in 1950, LeBaron played for Washington in 1952 and 1953, and from 1955 through 1959. He went to Canada in 1954, and he finished his career with the Cowboys from 1960 through 1963.
Between being drafted and debuting in the NFL, LeBaron earned a Bronze Star in the Korean War. He also was wounded twice in battle.
A member of the Washington Ring of Fame, LeBaron made it to three Pro Bowls in D.C., and another in Dallas. He was the league’s rookie of the year in 1952.
After his playing career, LeBaron worked as a broadcaster with CBS. He later became the G.M. of the Atlanta Falcons, and later and executive vice president with the franchise. He was named the NFL’s executive of the year in 1980.
LeBaron also worked as a lawyer, obtaining his law degree in 1959.
He’s survived by his wife, Doralee. Married 61 years, they have three sons and five grandchildren.
We extend our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.