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Earl Lunsford bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Earl Lunsford

Playing Career

Calgary Stampeders
1956, 1959 - 1963

Awards and Honours

All-Western Running Back
1960, 1961 (2)

Eddie James Memorial trophy
1960, 1961 (2)

All-Canadian Running Back
1961 (1)

Grey Cup Participation

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)

Career Highlights

  • 3rd on the Calgary Stampeders All-Time career rushing list with 6,994 yards (as of 2014).

  • Had five 1,000 yards rushing seasons (1956, 1959 until 1963).

Earl Lunsford began his professional football career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1956. His career was interrupted because he served two years in the United States' military. After his service ended, he returned to Calgary for the 1959 season.

Lunsford, a powerful fullback, was known as "Earthquake". During his six-year career, he was the west's leading rusher in 1960 with 1,343 yards, and the league leader in 1961 when he rushed 1,794 yards. Also, he had 28 100-yard games during his career. During one fabulous game on September 3, 1962 Earl Lunsford scored five rushing touchdowns which is still number one all-time in Calgary Stampeders history.
Once his playing career was finished, Lunsford served as General Manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1968 until 1982 and the Calgary Stampeders from 1985 until 1987.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1983 as a player.

Class of 1983

Harry GrantHerbert GrayEarl LunsfordDonald McPhersonFrank Morris

Football Reporters of Canada

Gorde HunterHal PawsonDoug Smith

Lunsford, Earl
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