Al Carmichael

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Al Carmichael
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Position: Halfback, kick returner
Personal information
Born: (1928-11-10) November 10, 1928 (age 90)
Boston, Massachusetts
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Gardena (CA)
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Packers Hall of Fame
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Albert Reinhold Carmichael (born November 10, 1928) is a former American football player.

Carmichael holds the distinction of scoring the first touchdown in American Football League history, a 59-yard pass reception from Frank Tripucka for the Broncos against the Boston Patriots on September 9, 1960.

High school career

Carmichael prepped at Gardena High School.

College career

Carmichael played college football at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC he scored the winning touchdown in the 1953 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Carmichael caught a third quarter pass from back-up quarter Rudy Bukich to win the game, 7–0.

Professional career

Carmichael played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League between 1953 and 1958; then he was with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League in 1960 and 1961. He twice led pro football in kick off return yards. He scored the first touchdown in American Football League history, a 59-yard pass reception from Frank Tripucka for the Broncos against the Boston Patriots on September 9, 1960. He also has the tenth longest play in NFL history, a 106-yard kick off return for touchdown.

Stunt double

Carmichael played as a stuntman in more than 50 films including Jim Thorpe – All-American (1951) for Burt Lancaster (1951), Saturday's Hero (1951), All-American (1953), Pork Chop Hill (1959), It Started with a Kiss (1959), The Big Operator, Elmer Gantry (1960), one of the doubles for Kirk Douglas in Spartacus (1960), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Son of Flubber (1962), How the West was Won (1962), and the TV show Rawhide.[1]

Family

Carmichael's married Jan and the had three children Chris, Pam, and Stacy. He lived in Orange County working in the pool-cleaning and automobile businesses before moving to Palm Desert to sell real estate in 1984.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Google Books: Hollywood Stunt Performers, 1910s-1970s: A Biographical Dictionary, 2d ed.- Retrieved 2019-02-05
  2. ^ Tapping His Potential : Late Start Didn't Slow Al Carmichael (by Mike DiGiovanna, October 21, 1992)- Retrieved 2019-02-03

External links

  • 106 Yards ~ Al Carmichael's autobiography
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