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Lamar Lundy
Position(s)
Defensive Tackle
Jersey #(s)
85
Born April 17, 1935(1935-04-17)
Richmond, Indiana
Died February 24, 2007 (aged 71)
Richmond, Indiana
Career information
Year(s) 19571969
NFL Draft 1957 / Round: 4 / Pick: 47
College Purdue
Professional teams
Career stats
Games 152
Sacks 68.5
Touchdowns 3
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Lamar J. Lundy, Jr. (April 17, 1935 - February 24, 2007) was an American defensive end with the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League for 13 seasons, from 1957 to 1969. Along with Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, and Rosey Grier, Lundy was a member of the Fearsome Foursome, often considered one of the best defensive lines in NFL history. All four also did some acting; Lundy portrayed the boulder-hurling cyclops in the unaired pilot of Lost in Space (this pilot was later made into episode 4 of the series, entitled "There Were Giants in the Earth").

Lundy was born in Richmond, Indiana, and attended Purdue University, where he was the first black student to receive a football scholarship, and where he was named MVP of both the football and basketball teams in his senior year. The 6'7" Lundy was drafted by both the NFL and the NBA, but he opted for a career in football. Early in his professional career, Lundy (#85) was occasionally used as an offensive receiver, catching 35 passes for 584 yards and 6 touchdowns. He scored an additional 3 touchdowns on interception returns (coincidentally, on the only 3 interceptions of his NFL career). When he retired as a player, Lundy became an assistant coach for the San Diego Chargers, but was forced by illness to cease coaching.

Lundy died at age 71 on February 24, 2007. He was the first of the "Fearsome Foursome" to die. Lundy, who battled diabetes, Graves disease, myasthenia gravis, cancer, and heart disease, was survived by two adult sons, two adult daughters, and many grandchildren.

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