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Larry Elkins
Position(s)
Wide receiver
Jersey #(s)
26
Born July 28, 1943 (1943-07-28) (age 66)
Career information
Year(s) 19661967
NFL Draft 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
College Baylor
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 24
Receiving Yards 315
Touchdowns 3
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
Career highlights and awards

Lawrence Clayton Elkins (born July 28, 1943) is a former American football player. He was a two-time All-American flanker at Baylor and later for the AFL's Houston Oilers.

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College career

Elkins was an all-around athletic star at Brownwood High School and turned down a $25,000 baseball offer to enroll at Baylor. One of the best receivers in Baylor history, Elkins caught seventy passes in 1963 to lead the nation. Elkins also played safety for the defense and returned kicks. In 1962, he had a ninety-two-yard punt return against TCU. For his career, he caught 144 passes for 2,094 yards with a school-record nineteen touchdowns. He still shares Baylor's single-game record for receptions with twelve, which he caught against Texas in 1963. He ranks number three in all-time career receptions and career receiving yards.

Elkins was a consensus All-American his last two years (1963, 1964)—Baylor's first-ever two-time consensus pick. He played in the 1965 East-West Shrine Game, Coaches All-America Game, and Hula Bowl. He was MVP of the Hula Bowl.

Elkins was inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

Professional career

He was drafted in the first round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and in the first round of the 1965 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played for Houston from 1965 to 1968.

But Elkins' pro career never really got off the ground. He suffered a knee injury in his rookie season with the Oilers and then broke his collarbone in a 1969 preseason game after earning a starting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Rather unlucky, I suppose," he told the Baylor Line in 2001.

After football

After leaving football, Elkins became something of a globe-trotter. From 1971 to 1978, he worked for Brown and Root Inc. in the safety, health, and claims department, both in the United States and in Europe. From 1979-82, he worked with off-shore drilling companies in the Gulf of Mexico and in Africa. Elkins described the years of 1982 to 1989 as "various midlife crises endeavors, including stints with the artistic peoples in the entertainment business." He spent ten months renovating parts of Robert Duvall's horse farm in Virginia and took the actor all over Texas to research accents for his 1983 movie Tender Mercies. When Duvall won the Oscar for the movie that year, Elkins was there as his special guest. Elkins said he also rubbed shoulders with Gene Hackman, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford during those years.

After that, Elkins spent more than a dozen years in Saudi Arabia, where he was a consultant for the country's Ministry of Water, which managed twenty-six desalination plants and several pipelines and pumping stations along the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

Now Elkins has retired and moved back to his hometown of Brownwood, where he lives in a little bungalow on a hilltop overlooking Lake Brownwood.

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