Former Eagles linebacker Lloyd dies at 77

Posted: August 15, 2014

DAVE LLOYD, the Eagles' starting middle linebacker from 1963 to 1970, a rugged, respected player on some mostly bad football teams, died Saturday at his home in Gladewater, Texas. He was 77.

Lloyd was drafted out of the University of Georgia by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round in 1959. He played three seasons with the Browns and one with the Detroit Lions before coming to the Eagles in 1963.

He wore No. 52 and started every game for the Eagles at middle linebacker from 1963 into the 1970 season, intercepting 14 passes and recovering 10 fumbles. Lloyd earned one Pro Bowl selection in 1969, when he was 33 years old.

When Sam Baker was injured, Lloyd also was forced into placekicking duties for two games in 1965, going 1-for-2 on field goals and 7-for-7 on extra points.

In his book, "Tales from the Eagles Sideline," author Gordon Forbes said that Lloyd never lifted weights, "preferring to boast about his 'natural strength.' " Lloyd was a bruising 6-3 and 247 pounds.

In 1994, when the Daily News' Ray Didinger picked his all-time Eagles team, he listed Lloyd as an honorable mention middle linebacker behind Bill Bergey.

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