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Willie Lanier

Willie Edward Lanier

Position: LB
Height: 6-1    Weight: 245 lbs.

Born: August 21, 1945 in Clover, VA
High School: Maggie L. Walker
College: Morgan St.
Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft.

Weighted Career AV (100-95-...): 88 (233rd overall since 1950)
8-time Pro Bowler & 3-time First-Team All-Pro (fine print)
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1986, finalist in 1984, 1985

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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 16, 2014 1:25PM
All-Time Rank: #9. Joe Greene… #10. Barry Sanders… #11. Dick Butkus… #12. WILLIE LANIER… #13. Merlin Olsen… #14. Eric Dickerson… #15. Lawrence Taylor… 

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
1967 22 KAN RLB 63 10 10 0 0 1 0 0 5
1968*+ 23 KAN MLB 63 14 14 4 120 1 75 0 15
1969* 24 KAN MLB 63 14 4 70 0 44 0 0 0 1 5 0 13
1970* 25 KAN MLB 63 14 14 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 9
1971*+ 26 KAN MLB 63 14 14 2 38 0 21 0 0 0 3 3 0 14
1972* 27 KAN MLB 63 13 13 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 10
1973*+ 28 KAN MLB 63 14 14 3 47 1 29 0 0 0 3 10 0 17
1974* 29 KAN MLB 63 14 14 2 28 0 14 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 8
1975* 30 KAN MLB 63 14 14 5 105 0 61 0 7
1976 31 KAN MLB 63 14 11 3 28 0 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 5
1977 32 KAN MLB 63 14 14 0 0 2 0 0 5
Career 149 132 27 440 2 75 0 0 0 18 21 0 1 108

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
1967 22 KAN RLB 63 10 10 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
Career 149 132 1 1 0 1 1.0 1

Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1968*+ 23 KAN MLB 63 14 14 1 1 6
1973*+ 28 KAN MLB 63 14 14 1 1 6
1974* 29 KAN MLB 63 14 14 1 2
Career 149 132 2 2 1 14

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7 Bobby Bell*, Zach Thomas, Isiah Robertson, DeMarcus Ware, Junior Seau, Bill George*, Jack Ham*, Sam Huff*, Brian Urlacher, Mike Singletary*
8 Bobby Bell*, Jason Taylor, Sam Huff*, Zach Thomas, Jack Lambert*, Randy Gradishar, Isiah Robertson, Junior Seau, Rickey Jackson*, Nick Buoniconti*
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year Lg Value (Rank/All-Time)

All-Pro Teams