Leroy Keyes

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Leroy Keyes
No. 20, 23
Position: Running back, safety
Personal information
Born: (1947-02-18) February 18, 1947 (age 72)
Newport News, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: George Washington Carver
(Newport News, Virginia)
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att–yards: 125–369
Receptions–yards: 30–270
Touchdowns: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
College Football Hall of Fame

Marvin Leroy Keyes (born February 18, 1947) is a former American football running back and safety who played five seasons in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was drafted by the Eagles in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue. He was an All-American as a halfback on offense and played corner on defense and returned kicks and punts. He also played both ways for Philadelphia before settling in as a solid strong safety.

College career

Keyes played college football at Purdue University, where he was an All-American in 1967 and 1968, and finished second on the 1968 Heisman Trophy voting. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990. In his very first collegiate game, played on national television against eventual national champion Notre Dame, Keyes made his presence known by returning a fumble 94 yards for a touchdown. He played in the January 1967 Rose Bowl game, which Purdue won 14-13 over USC.

He was a dynamic player running and catching the ball. He finished his career running for 2,090 yards and also had 1,204 receiving yards.[1]

In 1967, he ran for 986 yards with 13 touchdowns and had 45 catches for 758 yards and 6 touchdowns. As a Senior in 1968, he followed it up by running for 1,003 yards and 14 touchdowns while catching 33 passes for 428 yards and 1 touchdown.

Keyes is a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, D.C. National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.

On December 11, 2014 the Big Ten Network included Keyes on "The Mount Rushmore of Purdue Football", as chosen by online fan voting. Keyes was joined in the honor by Drew Brees, Bob Griese, and Rod Woodson.

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Keyes was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the third pick in the 1969 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles from 19691972.

He started out as a running back[2] and had 637 total yards on offense including 3 rushing touchdowns as a rookie. He saw little playing time in 1970 and was moved to Strong Safety in 1971, where he made 6 INT and recovered 3 fumbles. The next year (1972), he had 2 INT in 14 starts before going to Kansas City.

Kansas City Chiefs

Keyes played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1973.

After football

Keyes from the John Purdue Club as Assistant Director for the Purdue Boilermakers.

On December 30, 2010, Keyes was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center.

In 1987, Keyes was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

See also


  1. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/leroy-keyes-1.html
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/K/KeyeLe20.htm
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