Lamar McHan

Clarence Lamar McHan (December 16, 1932 – November 23, 1998) was an American football player and coach. He played professionally for ten seasons as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Colts, and San Francisco 49ers.[1]

Lamar McHan
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As a collegian at Arkansas, circa 1953
No. 8, 17, 14, 15
Personal information
Born:December 16, 1932
Lake Village, Arkansas
Died:November 23, 1998 (aged 65)
Jefferson, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Lake Village (AR) Lakeside
NFL Draft:1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:1,442
Pass completions:610
Passing yards:9,449
Passer rating:50.3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Born and raised in Lake Village, Arkansas, McHan graduated from its Lakeside High School and played college football at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he was a single-wing tailback.[2][3] He was ninth in the 1953 Heisman Trophy balloting and played in the Blue-Gray Game in December and the College All-Star Game in Chicago in August 1954.[1]

Playing career

McHan was the second overall selection of the 1954 NFL draft, taken by the Chicago Cardinals. He played with the Cardinals for five seasons, through 1958,[4] but was suspended and fined by the team in November 1956 for insubordination.[5][6][7]

McHan was traded to the Green Bay Packers in May 1959,[8] under first-year head coach and general manager Vince Lombardi. In 1959, he was the starting quarterback for the first six games, then had a minor leg injury, and was replaced by future hall of fame quarterback Bart Starr.[9][10] McHan started and won several games in 1960, then was traded to the Baltimore Colts in March 1961,[10][11][12] and played behind Johnny Unitas. He was waived by the Colts in September 1963 and was picked up by San Francisco.[13] He played briefly with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1965, winning the starting job at training camp, only to be cut after losing his first two starts.[14][15][16]

Coaching career

After retiring from football, McHan became an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and at the University of Texas at Arlington. He finished out his coaching career back in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints from 1974 to 1984 under three different head coaches: John North, Dick Nolan, and Bum Phillips.[17] (He was not on the staff of Hank Stram in 1976 and 1977.)


McHan died at age 65 in Jefferson, Louisiana, a suburb west of New Orleans, of a heart attack in 1998. He is buried at Garden of Memories in Metairie.


  1. ^ a b "Lamar McHan". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. November 27, 1998. p. D8.
  2. ^ "Strong Arkansas back rated as best". Southeast Missourian. Cape Girardeau. Associated Press. November 7, 1953. p. 4.
  3. ^ "McHan sparks Arkansas win". Spencer Sunday Times. Iowa. Associated Press. November 29, 1953. p. 11.
  4. ^ Lea, Bud (September 4, 1960). "'New' McHan set to plague Cards". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. S3.
  5. ^ "Chicago Cardinals fine McHan $3,000 for refusal to drill". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. November 21, 1956. p. 15.
  6. ^ "Chicago Cards may relent on $3,000 fine if quarterback McHan shows proper spirit". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. November 21, 1956. p. 7, part 2.
  7. ^ "Suspended McHan drills with Cards". November 22, 1956. p. 42.
  8. ^ "McHan traded to Packers". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. May 23, 1959. p. 1, part 3.
  9. ^ Johnson, Chuck (December 11, 1959). "Starr's comeback secret of Packers' success". Milwaukee Journal. p. 15, part 2.
  10. ^ a b Johnson, Chuck (March 28, 1961). "Lombardi trades McHan to Baltimore for draft pick". Milwaukee Journal. p. 14, part 2.
  11. ^ "Packers deal back McHan to Baltimore". Milwaukee Journal. March 27, 1961. p. 1, final.
  12. ^ "Packers send McHan to Baltimore Colts". Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Associated Press. March 28, 1961. p. 22.
  13. ^ "Brodie out six weeks, arm broken". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. October 2, 1963. p. 2, part 2.
  14. ^ "Argonauts sign McHan". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. March 24, 1965. p. 33.
  15. ^ "McHan signs with Toronto". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. March 23, 1065. p. 14, part 2.
  16. ^ "Argonauts cut Lamar McHan". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. August 16, 1965. p. 23.
  17. ^ "McHan set". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. February 4, 1981. p. 21.

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1953 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

The 1953 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 1953 college football season. In their first year under head coach Bowden Wyatt, the Razorbacks compiled a 3–7 record (2–4 against SWC opponents), finished in fifth place in the SWC, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 161 to 116.Arkansas quarterback Lamar McHan finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting for 1953. McHan was sixth in the nation in yards per punt, and tied for sixth in punt return yards. Receiver Floyd Sagely's receiving stats were tied for sixth best in the country.

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It was the Packers' first winning season in a dozen years, the last was a 6–5–1 mark in 1947. Green Bay had just one victory during the previous season in 1958 with the worst record in the 12-team league, and were 3–9 in 1957, tied for worst.

1960 Green Bay Packers season

The 1960 Green Bay Packers season was their 42nd season overall and their 40th season in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–4 record under second-year head coach Vince Lombardi to win the Western Conference and a berth in the NFL championship game. It was the Packers' first appearance in the title game since winning it in 1944. After a Thanksgiving Day loss at Detroit, the Packers won their final three games, all on the road, to win the crown.

The championship game was against the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Eagles (10–2), played at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Monday, December 26. Two years earlier in 1958, both teams had been last in their respective conferences, winning a combined three games.

In a close game, the Packers led in the fourth quarter, but lost 17–13. Green Bay returned to the title game the next two seasons and won both.

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On April 5, 1937, he was appointed line coach at UCLA, where he served under three different head coaches over the next decade. In an era marked by the looming specter of World War II, Richards was part of two Bruin squads that competed in the Rose Bowl. He resigned on December 11, 1947, and took a similar position in 1948 at nearby Pepperdine University.

One season working with the Waves' linemen led to Richards's promotion to head coach on April 26, 1949. After two seasons in that capacity, he was let go on January 19, 1951 due to budget cuts, but found work seven weeks later as an assistant with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams. During his first year working under close friend Joe Stydahar, the team captured the NFL championship, but then dropped a first-round playoff game in 1952 after Stydahar was fired early in the season.

Richards was dismissed after the season, but was hired by the Baltimore Colts on January 12, 1953. When Stydahar was named head coach of the Chicago Cardinals just weeks later, he attempted to bring Richards along, but NFL commissioner Bert Bell stopped this effort, citing Richards's signed contract with the Colts.

After a disastrous campaign in which the Colts finished 3–9, Richards was among the coaches let go, allowing him to join the Cardinals' staff. The 1954 campaign proved to be even worse as the team won just two of 12 games, giving them a 3–20–1 record under Stydahar's leadership.

That lack of success resulted in a coaching change on June 2, 1955, when Stydahar was fired and Richards was elevated to head coach. Following a 4–7–1 season, the team appeared to be improving with a 7–5 mark in 1956. However, a 3–9 season the year after made another coaching change inevitable, and Richards resigned on January 4, 1958. Among the reasons Richards was unable to fashion a winner was his insistence on playing quarterback Lamar McHan, whose lack of leadership skills were often cited as the team's weak spot.

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