Packers Hall of Famer Al “Hoagy” Carmichael dies at 90

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Al “Hoagy” Carmichael, a member of the Packers’ Hall of Fame, died Saturday in Palm Desert, California, Larry Bohannan of the Palm Springs Desert Sun reports. Carmichael was 90.

Carmichael was a first-round draft choice of the Packers in 1953 and later played in the American Football League, scoring the first touchdown in the history of the AFL.

He long held the NFL record for the longest kickoff return at 106 yards, a mark that stood until 2007.

Carmichael played for the Packers for six seasons before joining the AFL’s Broncos from 1960-61.

He caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Frank Tripucka against the Boston Patriots on Sept. 9, 1960, which was the first touchdown in AFL history.

Carmichael played collegiately at USC, scoring the only touchdown in the 1953 Rose Bowl as the Trojans defeated Wisconsin 7-0.

Carmichael is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters Pam and Stacy from his late wife Jan Carmichael, and two stepsons Darin Durkee and Bruce Durkee. He is preceded in death by his son Chris.

9 responses to “Packers Hall of Famer Al “Hoagy” Carmichael dies at 90

  1. An interesting note about Carmichael is that throughout his pro football career he was also a Hollywood stunt-man in 50 films, and in Rawhide! And we’re not talking little roles – he was for example Kirk Douglas’ stunt double in Spartacus. Can you imagine that today? Stunts!
    A very different era indeed.

  2. Carmichael’s record 106 yard kickoff return was a Packers record for 55 years until Randall Cobb broke it in 2011 with a 108 yard return.

    Carmichael was cut in 1959 by Vince Lombardi. Obviously one of the rare lapses in judgement by Vince.😉

    Heaven done called another Packer back home. We should all raise a glass for Al.🍻🙏


  3. It was Friday night, the first game in AFL history – the rest of the league opened Sunday – and the Denver Broncos in their brown-and-white vertically-striped socks visited the Boston Patriots at Boston University Field (formerly Braves Field.)
    The Pats’ Gino Cappelletti scored the first points with a Field Goal but the Broncos’ Carmichael scored the first TD in the Denver win.
    Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he also scored the winning touchdown for University of Southern California in the 1953 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.
    R.I.P. Al, Forever in History

  4. (White Flag Raised)
    Please accept heartfelt Condolences and respect to Mr. C’s family and friends.
    These Classic players gave heart and soul to the game, and left teeth, blood, broken bones, and torn soft tissue on that field. They played harder and with more enthusiasm for FAR less pay than todays players.

    I truely hope NO ONE posts a tasteless or negative reply here. If He/She does they are not a true sports fans.
    Larry B

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