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66. Larry Grantham

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66. Larry Grantham

From the University of Mississippi, Larry Grantham was a second round pick by the New York Titans in 1960 (he was a 15th rounder in the NFL) and a member of the original team. 

Grantham would be a great choice by the Titans (soon to be Jets) as he was one of the best Linebackers that the organization ever had and the backbone of their defense throughout the 1960s.  The tackling factory went on an immediate streak of five First Team All-Pro Selections, with Second Team Selections in three of the next four seasons.  He would be a member of the Jets' shocking Super Bowl III win, and the tackling machine would spend 13 years with the Jets.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Crystal Springs, Mississippi, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1978
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Games Played: 175
  • Notable Statistics: 24 Interceptions
    304 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    10 Fumble Recoveries
    4 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    38.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    125 Approximate Value

    3 Playoff Games

    *Sacks were unofficially Calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.
  • Played For: New York Jets
  • College: Mississippi
  • Drafted: 15th Round, 178th Overall in 1960
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Rings (New York Jets, III)
    AFL All-Time Team
    First Team All-Pro (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 & 1964)
    Second Team All-Pro (1965, 1967 & 1968)
    AFL All-Star (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 & 1964)
    AFL Champion (1968) (New York Jets, 1968)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Interceptions (2) (1960 &1967)
    Top Ten Finishes: Interception Return Yards (1) (1963)

Should Larry Grantham be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 77.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 11.1%
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