January 31, 2002

NFL's 'Night Train' Dead at 73: "An undrafted free agent who would become one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history during his 14-year career, Lane died Tuesday night after a heart attack at the assisted living facility where he lived. He was 73. A member of the NFL's All-Time Team for its first 75 years, Lane was an aggressive tackler whose signature hit -- a clothesline-type move dubbed the "Night Train Necktie" -- was banned by the league because it was too dangerous."

posted by owillis to football at 04:01 AM - 1 comment

Damn, guess I missed this in the news. Most of the films I've seen of the Night Train, he was in Lion's colors. The first time I saw a NFL films clip of the man, I was impressed at how he foreshadowed the modern defensive back. Speed kills. Unfortunately so does heart failure. RIP, Dick.

posted by Wulfgar! at 04:18 PM on February 01, 2002

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