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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 (243rd 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 Mar 23, 2015 11:04AM
All-Time Rank: #20. Lou Creekmur… #21. Bobby Bell… #22. Lance Alworth… #23. WILLIE LANIER… #24. Yale Lary… #25. Bill George… #26. Gino Marchetti… 

Defense & Fumbles

Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk 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

Playoffs Defense & Fumbles

Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
1968*+ 23 KAN MLB 1 1
1969 ❍ 24 KAN MLB 3 3 1 9 0 9 0
1971*+ 26 KAN MLB 1 1 1 17 0 17 0
Career 5 5 2 26 0 17 0

Kick & Punt Returns

Games 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

Playoffs Kick & Punt Returns

Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
1968*+ 23 KAN MLB 1 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Career 5 5 1 0 0 0 0.0 0

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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8 Isiah Robertson, Jack Lambert*, Rickey Jackson*, Nick Buoniconti*, Al Wilson, Joey Porter, Mike Stratton, Dexter Coakley, Randy Gradishar, Chad Brown
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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

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

All-Pro Teams