Mel Farr

Melvin Farr (November 3, 1944 – August 3, 2015) was an American football player and businessman.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Farr played college football as a halfback on the 1965 and 1966 UCLA Bruins football teams that were ranked No. 4 and No. 5 respectively in the final AP Polls. He was selected as a consensus first-team All-American in 1966, gained over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in both 1965 and 1966, and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.

Farr was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round, seventh overall pick, of the 1967 NFL Draft and played seven years as a running back for the Lions. He led the Lions in both rushing and receiving in 1967, totaling 1,177 yards from scrimmage as a rookie, and was selected as the NFL Rookie of the Year. He was twice selected to play in the Pro Bowl, in 1967 and 1970. In a career shortened by injury, Farr gained a total of 4,446 yards from scrimmage and scored 36 touchdowns during his seven years in the NFL.[1]

After retiring from football, Farr acquired a Ford Motor Company dealership in 1975, eventually expanding his business to 11 dealerships in five states. By 1998, Farr's automotive group was cited as the largest African-American owned company in the country. His business failed in 2002 following adverse publicity and lawsuits relating to sales and finance practices.

Mel Farr
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Farr from 1965 UCLA yearbook
No. 24
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:November 3, 1944
Beaumont, Texas
Died:August 3, 2015 (aged 70)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Hebert (Beaumont, TX)
College:UCLA
NFL Draft:1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:3,072
Rushing average:4.2
Rushing touchdowns:26
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Farr was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1944,[1] the son of a truck driver and a domestic worker.[2] He graduated from Hebert High School, a segregated school in Beaumont, Texas, in 1963, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was named all-state in football and track and all-district in basketball.[3] His older brother, Miller Farr, played nine seasons as a defensive back in the NFL from 1965 to 1973.[4]

UCLA

Farr began his college football career at Santa Monica City College before transferring to UCLA in 1964. He then sustained a hairline fracture in his left arm at the end of August 1964.[5] After returning from the injury, Farr appeared in 10 games in 1964 and gained 86 rushing yards on 27 carries.[6]

During the 1965 and 1966 seasons, Farr and Gary Beban were the core of a UCLA backfield dubbed the "dream backfield" in Sports Illustrated.[7] In 1965, Farr was the starting halfback for Tommy Prothro's UCLA Bruins team that compiled an 8–2–1 record, won the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) championship, defeated No. 1-ranked Michigan State in the 1966 Rose Bowl, and was ranked No. 4 in the final AP Poll. Farr totaled 1,001 yards from scrimmage (821 rushing and 180 receiving) and eight touchdowns.[6] He ran 49 yards for a touchdown in an upset victory over No. 6-ranked USC in 1965,[8] and his average of 6.7 yards per carry in 1965 led the AAWU and ranked second in the NCAA.[6] At the end of the 1965 season, he was selected by the conference coaches as a first-team halfback on the 1965 All-Pacific Athletic Conference football team and by the United Press International to the All-West Coast football team.[9][10]

In 1966, Farr was the starting halfback for the UCLA Bruins team that compiled a 9–1 record and was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll. Farr totaled 1,034 yards from scrimmage (809 rushing and 150 receiving) and 11 touchdowns and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting.[6] At the end of the 1966 season, Farr was a consensus first-team running back on the 1966 College Football All-America Team.[11]

In 1988, Farr was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.[12]

Detroit Lions

Farr was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round, seventh overall pick, of the 1967 NFL Draft.[1] As a rookie for the Lions in 1967, Farr rushed for 197 yards in a game against the Minnesota Vikings, totaled 1,177 yards from scrimmage, and ranked fifth in the NFL with 860 rushing yards. He led the Lions in both rushing yardage and with 39 receptions,[13] and he was selected by the United Press International as the NFL Rookie of the Year.[14] The Associated Press picked Farr as the Offensive Rookie of the Year and teammate Lem Barney as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.[15]

In October 1968, Farr was named by the AP as the NFL offensive player of the week after totaling 210 yards (138 rushing, 72 receiving) and scoring three touchdowns in a 28-10 victory over the Chicago Bears.[16] The following week, he set a club record with 29 carries, good for 145 rushing yards.[17] He led the NFL with 490 rushing yards through the first six games of the 1968 season,[18] but he was injured on the third play of the game against the San Francisco 49ers, missed five games, and underwent surgery on his left knee.[19] He finished the 1968 season with 972 yards from scrimmage, 597 rushing and 375 receiving.[1] His average of 66.3 rushing yards per game ranked fifth in the NFL in 1968.[1]

Farr returned from knee surgery in 1969, but he sustained a serious injury to his left knee in the fifth game of the season on a hit by Bennie McRae of the Chicago Bears. The injury snapped the inside ligament in half and was considered more serious than his 1968 injury.[20] In five games during the 1968 season, Farr rushed for 245 yards on 58 carries.[1]

In 1970, Farr returned from his second knee surgery and totaled 930 yards from scrimmage, 717 rushing and 213 receiving. He was selected to play in his second Pro Bowl after the 1970 season.[1][21] Having missed the Lions' Thanksgiving Day games in 1968 and 1969, Farr rushed for 121 yards and caught two long passes in the Lions' 1970 Thanksgiving Day game.[22]

Farr and teammate Lem Barney recorded background vocals on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", released in January 1971.[23]

In July 1971, Farr signed a three-year contract with the Lions.[24] He appeared in nine games in 1971, but only one as a starter, as he continued to be hampered by injuries and lost the starting running back job to Steve Owens (who rushed for over 1,000 yards in 1971) and Altie Taylor.[25] Farr totaled 64 rushing yards on 22 carries in 1971.[1]

In 1972, Farr remained with the Lions, but as a backup to Steve Owens. Farr had his best game of the season on October 22, 1972, gaining 96 yards and scoring two touchdowns on 22 carries against the San Diego Chargers.[26] Farr totaled 216 rushing yards on 62 carries for the 1972 season.[1]

In 1973, Farr appeared in 11 games, seven as a starter, rushing for 373 yards on 97 carries. In mid-December, Farr said he was considering retirement and called 1973 "one of the worst seasons for me as far as frustration."[27]

In March 1974, Farr was traded by the Lions to the Houston Oilers.[28] Twelve days later, Farr announced his retirement from professional football.[29]

Auto dealerships

As a teenager in Texas, Farr helped his father, Miller Farr Sr., buy old cars, often fixer-uppers from the junkyard, and sell them from a makeshift car lot in the family's front yard, called Farr's New and Used.[30][31][32] The Lions were owned by William Clay Ford Sr., the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, and Farr worked for Ford Motor Company in the dealer development division during the off-season.[31] In November 1975, after retiring from the NFL, Farr invested his savings to purchase a boarded-up Ford dealership in Oak Park, Michigan.[33]

During the 1980 recession, Ford sales suffered. Farr began promoting the dealership in television advertisements by portraying a red-caped superhero in a stylish suit, flying through the sky as "Mel Farr, your superstar dealer," promising that if the viewer came to Mel Farr Ford, he or she would receive "a Farr better deal."[31][32]

By 1997, Farr had expanded his Mel Farr Auto Group to 14 auto dealerships in five states (Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, and Texas) with annual sales in excess of $500 million.[31][34] By 1998, Farr's dealership group grossed $596.6 million, making it the top black-owned business in the United States and the 33rd largest auto dealership in the US.[35]

Farr specialized in the subprime market, expanded into the used car market, and offered credit at rates up to 25 percent.[32][36] In 2000, Farr's companies became the subject of negative publicity focusing on their sales and credit practices.[36][37] There were legal problems surrounding Farr's On-Time Device,[38] which prevented drivers of leased vehicles from starting the car if they missed payments. In June 2000, Farr settled a suit with customers who complained that the device turned off their cars when they were in motion. Many claimed they had not been late with their payments. Each of the 1,500 customers received $200 worth of coupons for their troubles.[39]

In January 2002, Farr was in discussions to sell his franchises in Oak Park and Waterford Township, Michigan, to Ford Motor Company, who had outstanding liens with Farr.[39] The franchises were sold in April 2002 and subsequently closed.[40] After defaulting on a $36.5 million bond package, Farr sold his final dealership in 2003.[41]

Family and later years

Farr was married to his first wife, Mae Rutha (Forbes) Farr, in the mid-1960s. They had two sons, Mel Farr Jr., born in 1966, and Mike Farr, born in 1967, and one daughter, Monet. Both sons went on to play professional football in the NFL.[42][43]

Farr was married three times. He was divorced from his first wife, Mae, in 2002 after more than 35 years of marriage. From 2004 to 2009, Farr was married to Linda Johnson Rice, president and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines.[44] His third wife was Jasmine Rozier, with whom he had a daughter, Melia (b. March 11, 2015), born shortly after Farr died.

Farr died at his home in Detroit on August 3, 2015 at age 70 of a massive heart attack. Farr also suffered from stage 3 CTE.[45]

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1965 All-Pacific Coast football team

The 1965 All-Pacific Coast football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific Coast teams for the 1965 college football season.

1966 All-Pacific-8 Conference football team

The 1966 All-Pacific-8 Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific-8 Conference teams for the 1966 college football season.

1966 UCLA Bruins football team

The 1966 UCLA Bruins football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1966 college football season. In their second year under head coach Tommy Prothro, the Bruins compiled a 9–1 record (3–1 AAWU), finished in second place in the Athletic Association of Western Universities, and were ranked #5 in the final AP Poll.UCLA's offensive leaders in 1966 were quarterback Gary Beban with 1,245 passing yards, running back Mel Farr with 809 rushing yards, and Harold Busby with 474 receiving yards.Heading into the final game of the 1966 season vs. USC, UCLA was 2–1 in conference games, 8–1 overall and ranked #5 in the country. The Bruins, featuring a "dream backfield" of All-Americans Gary Beban and Mel Farr, lost only one game, at rainy Washington, 16–3, where Huskies' head coach Jim Owens had devoted his entire season to beating Prothro. UCLA had beaten UW the season before, 28–24, with Prothro's trick play, the Z-streak in which a receiver trots towards the sideline like he's going out of the game and then runs a streak pattern unguarded by the inattentive defender. USC was 4–0 in conference and 7–1 overall, having lost to the unranked Miami Hurricanes. The Bruins and Trojans played a different number of conference games due to uneven scheduling caused by new AAWU members Oregon and Oregon State and schedules made years in advance. It was widely assumed that only losses would be considered and the winner of the 1966 UCLA-USC game would go to the 1967 Rose Bowl. UCLA star quarterback Gary Beban broke his ankle the week before in a win over Stanford, but backup Norman Dow, making his first and only start at quarterback, led UCLA to a 14–7 win. That left USC with a 4–1 conference record (7–2 overall) and #5 UCLA with a 3–1 conference record (9–1) overall. Due to their win over USC, it was widely assumed UCLA would get the Rose Bowl berth. However, a vote the next Monday among the AAWU conference athletic directors awarded USC the Rose Bowl berth. It was speculated that the directors believed Beban could not play for UCLA in the Rose Bowl due to the broken ankle, thereby giving the Big Ten Conference representative, Purdue, a better chance to win. As it turned out, Beban could have played. But a bigger reason was that this was to make up for 1964 when Oregon State was voted in ahead of USC. The coach of Oregon State in 1964 was Prothro. Another speculation was the vote was against UCLA out of pure jealousy by the rest of the conference, which voted 7–1 for the clearly inferior team. This vote deprived Prothro of being the first coach to earn three consecutive Rose Bowl berths and UCLA athletic director J. D. Morgan called it a "gross injustice" and the "a dark day in UCLA and AAWU Athletic history." Inflamed UCLA students who had gathered for the Rose Bowl celebration rally, took to the streets of Westwood in protest and actually blocked the 405 Freeway for a short time. Ironically, Morgan was the force behind establishing a tie-breaking method adopted by the conference one year later in which only loss column counted; the first tiebreaker was head-to-head results, followed by overall record. If there was still a tie, the Rose Bowl berth would go to the team that had not played in the Rose Bowl the longest. But it was too late for UCLA. In their final game, USC made the AAWU decision look bad by losing at home in the L.A. Coliseum to Notre Dame, 51–0. They went on to lose the Rose Bowl as well to Purdue, 14–13, finishing the season at 7–4.

1967 Detroit Lions season

The 1967 Detroit Lions season was the 38th season in franchise history. On August 5, the Lions played the Denver Broncos in an exhibition game. The Broncos beat the Lions by a score of 13–7 and became the first AFL team to beat an NFL team.The Lions boasted both the NFL's Offensive and Defensive rookies of the year: running back Mel Farr and cornerback Lem Barney.

1967 UCLA vs. USC football game

The 1967 UCLA vs. USC football game was an American college football game played during the 1967 college football season on November 18, 1967. The UCLA Bruins, 7–0–1 and ranked No. 1, with senior quarterback Gary Beban as a Heisman Trophy candidate, played the USC Trojans, 8–1 and ranked No. 4, with junior running back O. J. Simpson also as a Heisman candidate. This game is widely regarded as the signature game in the UCLA–USC rivalry as well as one of the 20th century Games of the Century. The 64 yard run by O. J. Simpson for the winning touchdown is regarded as one of the greatest run plays in college football.

1967 in Michigan

Events from the year 1967 in Michigan.

The Associated Press (AP) rated the top stories in Michigan for 1967 as follows:

Civil rights, including the 1967 Detroit riot, smaller disturbances in Pontiac, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, and Benton Harbor, and the fight in the Michigan Legislature for an open housing law;

Gov. George W. Romney's November 18 announcement that he was a candidate for the Presidency of the United States and his campaign for the 1968 Republican Presidential nomination;

The Michigan Legislature's enacting a state income tax in July, taxing personal income at 2.6% and corporate income at 9.6%;

Teachers strikes in Detroit and elsewhere that closed schools in September and part of October for more than half a million students;

The Coho salmon boom after the species was introduced to the state's waters, drawing large crowds to the state's resort areas in the fall, and a September storm that killed seven fishermen near Frankfort;

Problems in the automobile industry, including lower sales, price increases, safety issues, a two-month strike at Ford Motor Co., local strikes that halted production by Chrysler, and negotiation of new contracts with the United Auto Workers (UAW) that provided for $4.70 per hour wage increases and $1.00 per hour benefits increases over three years;

A Teamsters strike resulting in violence, including one death in Michigan, against truckers refusing to honor the strike;

The selection of Robben Wright Fleming as President of the University of Michigan;

Blizzards that struck the state in January and February; and

An investigation into the Michigan Highway Department.The AP and United Press International (UPI) also selected the state's top sports stories as follows:

The 1967 Detroit Tigers season, ending with a close race for the American League pennant, finishing in second place, one game behind the Boston Red Sox (AP-1, UPI-1);

The selection of Joe Schmidt as the Detroit Lions' head coach (UPI-2), and his signing a five-year contract to serve in that position (AP-3);

The collapse of the 1967 Michigan State Spartans football team, compiling a 3–7 record after two consecutive years contending for the national championship (AP-2, UPI-6);

The selection of Dave Bing as the NBA Rookie of the Year (AP-8, UPI-4);

The surprise retirement of Detroit Red Wings' goalie Roger Crozier on November 10 (AP-10 [tie], UPI-3);

Alumni unhappiness over the 4–6 record compiled by the 1967 Michigan Wolverines football team (AP-4);

Mel Farr who finished fifth in rushing in the NFL and was selected by the UPI as the NFL Rookie of the Year (UPI-5);

The Michigan high school basketball tournament (AP-5);

The 1966–67 Detroit Red Wings' failure to make the playoffs for the first time in five years (AP-6);

The Detroit Lions' trade of defensive tackle Roger Brown to the Los Angeles Rams (UPI-7);

Julius Boros' victory at the Buick Open (AP-7);

Earl Wilson's compiling a 22-11 record as a starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (UPI-8);

The Detroit Pistons' hiring of Donnie Butcher as head coach to take over from Dave DeBusschere (AP-9);

The brilliant pitching of Mickey Lolich for the Detroit Tigers during the pennant run (UPI-9); and

The 1966–67 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team's Big Ten Conference co-championship (AP-10 [tie], UPI-10),

The Northern Michigan Wildcats' invitation to the NAIA football playoffs (AP-10 [tie]).

1968 Detroit Lions season

The 1968 Detroit Lions season was their 39th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 5–7–2, winning only four games. They missed the playoffs for the eleventh straight season.

1968 in Michigan

Events from the year 1968 in Michigan.

The Associated Press (AP) surveyed newspaper editors and broadcasters and determined the top 10 stories in Michigan for 1968 as follows:

The candidacy of Gov. George W. Romney for President of the United States;

The 1968 Detroit Tigers winning the American League pennant and defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1968 World Series;

A newspaper strike that shut down the state's two largest newspapers, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, for nine months;

Gov. Romney's decision to resign as Governor to become United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Pres. Richard M. Nixon;

The reapportionment and redistricting of the state's county boards to reflect a "one man, one vote" proportionality;

Michigan voters' defeat of a ballot measure to adopt Daylight savings time;

Hubert H. Humphrey's taking Michigan's 21 electoral votes in the United States presidential election, 1968 (Humphrey received 1,593,082 votes (48.18%) to 1,370,665 (41.46%) for Richard M. Nixon and 331,968 (10.04%) for George Wallace);

The Robison family murders, a mass murder on June 25 of six family members while vacationing in their Lake Michigan cottage just north of Good Hart, Michigan;

Two heart transplants performed at the University of Michigan Hospital; and

The adoption a statewide laws for open housing and the protection of tenants' rights.The AP also selected the state's top 10 sports stories as follows:

Mickey Lolich's three victories in the 1968 World Series;

The Detroit Tigers winning the American League pennant for the first time since 1968;

Denny McLain's 31 wins as a pitcher for the Tigers;

Gordie Howe's 700th goal and 1,500th game for the Detroit Red Wings;

Ron Johnson's season, setting an NCAA record with 347 rushing yards in a game and Michigan records with 1,391 rushing yards and 114 points scored during the 1968 season;

The Detroit Lions' acquisition of quarterback Bill Munson and their poor performance during the 1968 season;

Spencer Haywood's transfer to the University of Detroit and his leading a resurgence in the school's basketball fortunes during the 1968-69 season;

The popularity of coho salmon fishing;

Two members of the Detroit Lions, Mel Farr and Lem Barney winning the NFL's offensive and defensive rookie of the year honors; and

The death of Warner Gardner in a crash during the APBA Gold Cup unlimited hydroplane race on September 8 on the Detroit River.

1970 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team, the Newspaper Enterprise Association All-Pro team and the Pro Football Writers Association, and Pro Football Weekly All-Pro teams in 1970. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the NEA, and PFWA teams. These are the four All-Pro teams that are included in the Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League and compose the consensus All-Pro team for 1970.

1970 Detroit Lions season

The 1970 Detroit Lions season was the 41st season in franchise history. With a record of 10–4, the Lions finished in second place in the NFC Central and qualified for the postseason for the first time since their championship season in 1957. The Lions fell 5–0 to the Dallas Cowboys in the lowest scoring game in NFL playoff history. One unusual loss during the regular season was to the New Orleans Saints on Week 8. The Lions had a 17–16 lead with only 2 seconds left, but Saints kicker Tom Dempsey booted a then-record 63-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a 19–17 win.

1971 Detroit Lions season

The 1971 Detroit Lions season was their 42nd in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 10–4, winning only seven games.

Mired in adversity, the 1971 season turned especially tragic for the Lions and the NFL when, during their Week 6 hosting of the Chicago Bears, Lions wide receiver Chuck Hughes collapsed on the playing field. Unresponsive, Hughes was pronounced dead later that day of heart failure. Since 1971, no Detroit player has worn Hughes' #85 jersey save on special permission of the Hughes family.

Farr (surname)

Farr is a surname, and may refer to:

Bruce Farr (b. 1949), New Zealand yacht designer

Charles Farr Charles Blandford Farr, British civil servant, intelligence officer, and diplomat

Charles Farr (builder) (c. 1812–1888), timber merchant and builder in South Australia

Diane Farr (b. 1969), American actress

Finis Farr (b. 1904), American author

Florence Farr (1860–1917), British stage actress and composer

Gareth Farr (b. 1968), New Zealand composer

George Henry Farr (1819–1904), Anglican priest and headmaster in South Australia

Glenn Farr, film and TV editor

Gary Farr (1944–1994), English singer

Heather Farr (1965–1993), American golfer

Hilary Farr (b. 1962), Canadian reality television personality

Jack Farr, US military intelligence officer

James M. Farr (1874–1947), English language scholar and president of the University of Florida (1927–1928)

Jamie Farr (b. 1934), Lebanese-American actor

Jim Farr (b. 1956), former American baseball player

John Farr (disambiguation), several people including :

John Richard Farr (1857–1933), American politician

John Farr (British politician) (1922–1997), Conservative Party politician

John Farr, nom-de-plume of novelist Jack Webb

Judi Farr, Australian actress

Julia Farr (1824–1914), philanthropist in South Australia, wife of George Henry Farr

Lorin Farr (1820–1909), Mormon pioneer

Malcolm Farr (born 1951), Australian journalist

Malcolm D. Farr (1884-1956), American businessman and politician

A family of American football players:

First generation (brothers):

Miller Farr (b. 1943), cornerback

Mel Farr (1944–2015), running back; also notable as a businessman

Second generation (both sons of Mel):

Mel Farr, Jr. (b. 1966), running back

Mike Farr (b. 1967), cornerback

Nick Farr-Jones (b. 1962), former Australian rugby union player

Patricia Farr (1913–1948), American movie actress

Sam Farr (b. 1941), American politician

Stephen Farr, British organist

Steve Farr (b. 1956), former American baseball player

Tommy Farr (1913–1986), Welsh boxer

Tyler Farr (b. 1984), American country music singer

Walter 'Snowy' Farr (1919–2007), English charity fundraiser

Wanda Kirkbride Farr (1895–1983), American botanist

William Farr (1807–1883), British epidemiologist

William C. Farr (1841–1921)

Lem Barney

Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945) is a former American football player. A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, he played college football at Jackson State from 1964 to 1966. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) and played for the Lions as a cornerback, return specialist, and punter from 1967 to 1977. He was selected as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1967, played in seven Pro Bowls, and was selected as a first-team All-NFL player in 1968 and 1969. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He has also been inducted into the Detroit Lions Hall of Fame, the Jackson State Sports Hall of Fame, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

List of family relations in American football

The following is a list of family relations in American football.

Adamle – Tony Adamle (father), Mike Adamle (son)

Adams – Julius Adams (father), Keith Adams (son)

Adams – Sam Adams Sr. (father), Sam Adams Jr. (son)

Agnew – Ray Agnew Jr. (father), Ray Agnew III (son)

Aldridge – Allen Aldridge Sr. (father), Allen Aldridge Jr. (son)

Anderson – Flipper Anderson (father), Dres Anderson (son)

Atkinson – George Atkinson Jr. (father), George Atkinson III (son)

Ayodele – Akin Ayodele, Remi Ayodele (brothers)

Ayanbadejo – Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Brendon Ayanbadejo (brothers)

Bahr – Chris Bahr, Matt Bahr (brothers)

Bailey – Champ Bailey, Boss Bailey (brothers)

Bakhtiari – Eric Bakhtiari, David Bakhtiari (brothers)

Barber – Ronde Barber, Tiki Barber (twin brothers)

Barber – Marion Barber Jr. (father); Marion Barber III, Dominique Barber (sons)

Belichick – Steve Belichick (father); Bill Belichick (son); Stephen Belichick (grandson)

Bennett – Michael Bennett, Martellus Bennett (brothers)

Berry – Eric Berry, Evan Berry (brothers)

Blackwood – Lyle Blackwood, Glenn Blackwood (brothers)

Blades – Bennie Blades, Brian Blades (brothers), H.B. Blades (son of Bennie)

Bolden/Pitts – Brandon Bolden and Frank Pitts (grandson and grandfather)

Bosa/Kumerow – John Bosa (father), Eric Kumerow (brother-in-law), Joey Bosa (son of John, nephew of Eric)

Bowden – Bobby Bowden (father); Tommy Bowden, Jeff Bowden, Terry Bowden (sons).

Bradshaw – Terry Bradshaw, Craig Bradshaw (brothers)

Brown – Orlando Brown (father), Orlando Brown Jr. (son)

Brown/Thompkins – Eddie Brown (father), Antonio Brown (son), Kenbrell Thompkins (cousin of Antonio)

Butkus – Dick Butkus (uncle), Luke Butkus (nephew)

Byrd – Gill Byrd (father), Jairus Byrd (son)

Caldwell – Andre Caldwell, Reche Caldwell (brothers)

Carpenter – Rob Carpenter (father), Bobby Carpenter (son)

Carr – David Carr, Derek Carr (brothers)

Carter – Cris Carter (father), Duron Carter (son)

Cash – Keith Cash, Kerry Cash (brothers)

Castille – Jeremiah Castille (father), Tim Castille (son)

Celek – Brent Celek, Garrett Celek (brothers)

Chickillo – Nick Chickillo (father), Tony Chickillo (son), Anthony Chickillo (grandson)

Chubb – Bradley Chubb, Brandon Chubb (brothers); Nick Chubb (cousin)

Clausen – Casey Clausen, Jimmy Clausen, Rick Clausen (brothers)

Cline – Tony Cline (father); Tony Cline Jr. (son)

Coffman – Paul Coffman (father), Chase Coffman (son)

Colquitt – Craig Colquitt, Jimmy Colquitt (cousins); Britton Colquitt, Dustin Colquitt (sons of Craig, nephews of Jimmy)

Cox – Bryan Cox (father), Bryan Cox Jr. (son)

Cromartie/Rodgers-Cromartie/Cromartie-Smith – Antonio Cromartie, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, Marcus Cromartie (cousins)

Crumpler – Alge Crumpler, Carlester Crumpler (brothers)

Cunningham – Sam Cunningham, Randall Cunningham (brothers)

Davis – Vernon Davis, Vontae Davis (brothers)

Dawkins – Brian Dawkins (uncle), Dalyn Dawkins (nephew)

DeOssie – Steve DeOssie (father), Zak DeOssie (son)

Derby – Glenn Derby (uncle), A. J. Derby (nephew)

Detmer – Ty Detmer, Koy Detmer (brothers)

Dimitroff – Tom Dimitroff (father), Thomas Dimitroff (son)

Dixon – Brian Dixon, Brandon Dixon (twin brothers)

Donelli – Aldo Donelli; Allen Donelli (brothers)

Dorsett – Tony Dorsett (father), Anthony Dorsett (son)

Edwards – Mario Edwards (father), Mario Edwards Jr. (son)

Ellington – Andre Ellington, Bruce Ellington (cousins)

Ellison – Riki Ellison (father), Rhett Ellison (son)

Elway – Jack Elway (father), John Elway (son)

Fahnhorst – Keith Fahnhorst, Jim Fahnhorst (brothers)

Farmer – George Farmer (father), Danny Farmer (son)

Farr – Mel Farr (father); Mel Farr Jr., Mike Farr (sons)

Fassel – Jim Fassel (father), John Fassel (son)

Fells – Daniel Fells, Darren Fells (brothers)

Flacco – Joe Flacco, Mike Flacco (brothers)

Fletcher – Bryan Fletcher, Terrell Fletcher (brothers)

Fuller – Vincent Fuller, Corey Fuller, Kyle Fuller, Kendall Fuller (brothers)

Gbaja-Biamila – Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (brothers)

Gaffney – Derrick Gaffney (father), Jabar Gaffney (son)

Geathers – Robert Geathers Sr., Jumpy Geathers (brothers); Robert Geathers Jr., Clifton Geathers, Kwame Geathers (sons of Robert Sr.), Clayton Geathers, Jeremy Geathers (cousins)

Gerhart – Toby Gerhart, Garth Gerhart (brothers)

Gogolak – Pete Gogolak, Charlie Gogolak (brothers)

Golic – Bob Golic, Mike Golic (brothers), Mike Golic Jr. (nephew of Bob, son of Mike)

Gramatica – Martín Gramática, Bill Gramatica (brothers)

Grange – Garland Grange, Red Grange (brothers)

Green – A. J. Green, T. J. Green (cousins)

Griese – Bob Griese (father); Brian Griese (son)

Griffin – Shaquem Griffin, Shaquill Griffin (twin brothers)

Gronkowski – Rob Gronkowski, Dan Gronkowski, Chris Gronkowski, Glenn Gronkowski (brothers)

Gruden – Jon Gruden, Jay Gruden (brothers)

Hager – Britt Hager (father), Bryce Hager (son)

Hakim – Az-Zahir Hakim, Saalim Hakim (brothers)

Hambrick – Darren Hambrick, Troy Hambrick (brothers)

Hannah – Herb Hannah (father); John Hannah, Charley Hannah (sons)

Harbaugh – Jack Harbaugh (father); John Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh (sons)

Hasselbeck – Don Hasselbeck (father); Matt Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck (sons)

Heyward – Craig Heyward (father); Cameron Heyward (son)

Highsmith – Alonzo Highsmith (father), Alonzo Highsmith Jr. (son)

Hilgenberg – Jerry Hilgenberg (father); Wally Hilgenberg (brother); Jay Hilgenberg, Joel Hilgenberg (sons of Jerry)

Hochuli – Shawn Hochuli (father); Ed Hochuli (son) (family of referees)

Holt – Terrence Holt, Torry Holt (brothers)

Huard – Damon Huard, Brock Huard (brothers)

Ihenacho – Carl Ihenacho, Duke Ihenacho (brothers)

Ingram – Mark Ingram Sr. (father), Mark Ingram Jr. (son)

Ismail – Raghib Ismail, Qadry Ismail (brothers)

Jenkins – Kris Jenkins, Cullen Jenkins (brothers)

Jerry – John Jerry, Peria Jerry (brothers)

Johnson/Thomas - Keyshawn Johnson (uncle), Michael Thomas (nephew)

Jones – Jerry Jones (father), Jerry Jones Jr., Stephen Jones (sons)

Jones – Julius Jones, Thomas Jones (brothers)

Jones-Drew/Ward – Maurice Jones-Drew, T. J. Ward (cousins)

Jordan – Steve Jordan (father), Cameron Jordan (son)

Kalil – Ryan Kalil, Matt Kalil (brothers)

Kearse/Buchanon – Jevon Kearse (uncle), Jayron Kearse (nephew), Phillip Buchanon (cousin of Jayron)

Kelce – Jason Kelce, Travis Kelce (brothers)

Kendricks – Mychal Kendricks, Eric Kendricks (brothers)

Kupp – Jake Kupp (father), Craig Kupp (son), Cooper Kupp (grandson)

Landry – Dawan Landry, LaRon Landry (brothers)

Leggett – Earl Leggett (father), Brad Leggett (son)

Little – Larry Little, David Little (brothers)

Long – Howie Long (father); Chris Long, Kyle Long (sons)

Lott/Nece – Ronnie Lott (father), Ryan Nece (son)

Luck – Oliver Luck (father), Andrew Luck (son)

Lusk – Herbert H. Lusk, Hendrick Hamilton Lusk, Harold Hollingsworth Lusk, (brothers)

Lynch/Johnson/Russell – Marshawn Lynch; Josh Johnson, JaMarcus Russell (cousins)

Manning – Archie Manning (father); Peyton Manning, Eli Manning (sons)

Marion – Jerry Marion (father), Brock Marion (son)

Martin – Nick Martin, Zack Martin (brothers)

Mays – Stafford Mays (father), Taylor Mays (son)

Matthews/Niklas – Clay Matthews, Sr. (father); Clay Matthews, Jr., Bruce Matthews (sons), Clay Matthews III, Kevin Matthews, Casey Matthews, Jake Matthews, Mike Matthews (grandsons), Troy Niklas (Bruce Matthews' nephew)

McCaffrey – Ed McCaffrey (father); Max McCaffrey and Christian McCaffrey (sons)

McAlister – James McAlister (father), Chris McAlister (son)

McClendon – Willie McClendon (father), Bryan McClendon (son)

McCourty – Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty (twin brothers)

McCown – Josh McCown, Luke McCown (brothers)

McCutcheon – Lawrence McCutcheon (father), Daylon McCutcheon (son)

McDonald – Tim McDonald (father); T. J. McDonald, Tevin McDonald (sons)

McDougle – Jerome McDougle, Stockar McDougle (brothers)• McFadden-Darren McFadden-Reggie Swinton (Cousins)

McKay – John McKay (father), John McKay Jr., Rich McKay (sons)

McKenzie – Raleigh McKenzie, Reggie McKenzie (twin brothers)

McKinney – Steve McKinney, Seth McKinney (brothers)

McMillan – Ernie McMillan (father), Erik McMillan (son)

McTyer – Tim McTyer (father), Torry McTyer (son)

Metcalf – Terry Metcalf (father), Eric Metcalf (son)

Mike-Mayer – Nick Mike-Mayer, Steve Mike-Mayer (brothers)

Montgomery– Wilbert Montgomery, Cle Montgomery, Tyrone Montgomery, Fred Montgomery (brothers)

Moorehead – Emery Moorehead (father), Aaron Moorehead (son)

Mora – Jim E. Mora (father), Jim L. Mora (son)

Moss – Eric Moss, Randy Moss (brothers)

Moss – Santana Moss, Sinorice Moss (brothers)

Nolan – Dick Nolan (father), Mike Nolan (son)

Nassib – Carl Nassib, Ryan Nassib (brothers)

Nesser/Schneider/Hopkins - Al Nesser, Frank Nesser, Fred Nesser, John Nesser, Phil Nesser, Ted Nesser (brothers), [[John Schneider]] (brother-in-law), Charlie Nesser (Ted Nesser's son), [[Ted Hopkins]] (Charlie Nesser's cousin)

Newton – Cam Newton, Cecil Newton (brothers)

Ogden – Jonathan Ogden, Marques Ogden (brothers)

Olsen – Merlin Olsen, Orrin Olsen, Phil Olsen (brothers)

Pagano – Chuck Pagano, John Pagano (brothers)

Palmer – Carson Palmer, Jordan Palmer (brothers)

Payton – Eddie Payton, Walter Payton (brothers); Jarrett Payton (son of Walter)

Peko – Domata Peko, Tupe Peko (brothers), Kyle Peko (cousin)

Perkins – Don Perkins (great-uncle), Paul Perkins (great-nephew)

Perriman – Brett Perriman (father), Breshad Perriman (son)

Perry – Michael Dean Perry, William Perry (brothers)

Petrino – Bobby Petrino, Paul Petrino (brothers)

Phillips – Bum Phillips (father), Wade Phillips (son), Wes Phillips (grandson)

Pouncey – Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey (twin brothers)

Pyne – George Pyne II (father), George Pyne III (son), Jim Pyne (grandson)

Randle – Ervin Randle, John Randle (brothers)

Reed – Brooks Reed, Lucas Reed (brothers)

Reid – Eric Reid, Justin Reid (brothers)

Rice/Matthews – Jerry Rice (father), Jerry Rice Jr. (son); Jordan Matthews (cousin of the Rices)

Robiskie – Terry Robiskie (father), Andrew Robiskie, Brian Robiskie (sons)

Rodgers – Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Rodgers (brothers)

Ryan – Buddy Ryan (father); Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan (twin sons)

Salaam – Sulton Salaam (father); Rashaan Salaam (son)

Sanders – Barry Sanders (father), Barry J. Sanders (son)

Sauer – George Sauer (father); George Sauer Jr. (son)

Saul – Bill Saul, Rich Saul and Ron Saul (twin brothers)

Schwartz – Geoff Schwartz; Mitchell Schwartz (brothers)

Selmon – Dewey Selmon, Lee Roy Selmon (brothers)

Shanahan – Mike Shanahan (father), Kyle Shanahan (son)

Sharpe – Sterling Sharpe, Shannon Sharpe (brothers)

Sharper – Jamie Sharper, Darren Sharper (brothers).

Shepard – Darrell Shepard and Derrick Shepard (brothers); Sterling Shepard (son of Derrick)

Shula – Don Shula (father); Dave Shula, Mike Shula (sons).

Shuler – Mickey Shuler (father); Mickey Shuler, Jr. (son)

Simms – Phil Simms (father); Chris Simms, Matt Simms (sons)

Slater – Jackie Slater (father); Matthew Slater (son).

Smith – Rod Smith, Jaylon Smith (brothers)

Smith – Malcolm Smith, Steve Smith (brothers)

Spikes – Brandon Spikes, Takeo Spikes (cousins)

Stoops – Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops, Mark Stoops (brothers)

Sudfeld – Nate Sudfeld, Zach Sudfeld (brothers)

Suhey – Steve Suhey (father), Matt Suhey (son)

Talbert – Don Talbert, Diron Talbert (brothers)

Tatupu – Mosi Tatupu (father), Lofa Tatupu (son)

Taylor – Fred Taylor (father), Kelvin Taylor (son)

Trufant – Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Trufant, Marcus Trufant (brothers)

Tuiasosopo – Manu Tuiasosopo (father), Marques Tuiasosopo (son)

Turk – Matt Turk, Dan Turk (brothers)

Upshaw – Gene Upshaw, Marvin Upshaw (brothers)

Urlacher – Brian Urlacher, Casey Urlacher (brothers)

Van Buren – Steve Van Buren, Ebert Van Buren (brothers)

Vereen – Shane Vereen, Brock Vereen (brothers)

Vick/Brooks – Michael Vick, Marcus Vick (brothers); Aaron Brooks (cousin to the Vicks)

Ward – Terron Ward, T. J. Ward (brothers)

Washington – Ted Washington Sr. (father), Ted Washington Jr. (son)

Watkins – Jaylen Watkins, Sammy Watkins (brothers)

Watt – J. J. Watt, Derek Watt, T. J. Watt (brothers)

Westbrook – Brian Westbrook, Byron Westbrook (brothers)

Whitehurst – David Whitehurst (father), Charlie Whitehurst (son)

Wilson – George Wilson (father), George Wilson Jr. (son)

Winslow – Kellen Winslow (father); Kellen Winslow II (son)

Wisniewski – Leo Wisniewski, Steve Wisniewski (brothers), Stefen Wisniewski (son of Leo, nephew of Steve)

Young – Willie Young (father); Rodney Young (son)

Zendejas - Luis Zendejas, Max Zendejas, Joaquin Zendejas (brothers), and Tony Zendejas (cousin)

Mel Farr Jr.

Melvin Farr Jr. (born August 12, 1966) is a former American football running back who played one season for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He attended and played college football for the UCLA Bruins.

Farr is part of a family full of professional football players. Farr is the son of former NFL player Mel Farr, the nephew of former American Football League and NFL player Miller Farr, and the older brother of former NFL player Mike Farr.

Farr is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Mike Farr

Michael Anthony Farr (born August 8, 1967) known as the Third Down Receiver because of his many clutch catches on Third Down. He is a former American football wide receiver who played a total of four seasons, three with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League and one with the New England Patriots. He attended University of California, Los Angeles where he was an academic and athletic star graduating with honors in 4 years while breaking the school record for receptions in a single season.

Miller Farr

Miller Farr Jr. (born April 8, 1943) is a former American football cornerback who played for ten seasons in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL).

He attended Wichita State University, lettering in football and track. In his senior year, he led the nation in kickoff and punt returns. He is a member of a family of athletes and artists, including a brother and cousins, football players Mel Farr, Lem Barney, and Jerry LeVias, and cousin, singer Marvin Gaye.

Miller Farr was a first-round draft choice by the AFL's Denver Broncos in the 1965 Red Shirt draft, then went to the San Diego Chargers for 1965 and 1966. He played defensive back for the Houston Oilers from 1967 through 1969. During the 1967 season, Farr was the AFL co-leader in interceptions with ten (t – Westmoreland, Janik). Despite a bout with hepatitis, he intercepted two passes for touchdowns in one game in 1968. He led the AFL in interception touchdowns that year and was selected All-AFL and All-Pro.

Following the AFL–NFL merger, Farr signed with the St. Louis Cardinals beginning in 1970 where he finished out his NFL career. In 1974, he played with the Florida Blazers of the World Football League.

A three time American Football League All-Star, Farr established an AFL record for the most touchdowns on pass interceptions in a game (2) and tied the AFL record for a season (3). Miller Farr was selected to the All-Time All-AFL second team.

Farr is part of a family full of professional football players. He is the older brother of former NFL player Mel Farr as well as the uncle of former players Mel Farr, Jr. and Mike Farr. He and his brother attended Hebert High School in Beaumont, Texas, and were among 16 pro footballers given the keys to the city in 1971.

Prairie View Interscholastic League

The Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL) was the organization that governed academic and athletic competitions between African-American high schools in Texas for much of the 20th century. The organization's structure and operations were similar to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and it disbanded shortly after the UIL admitted black high schools in the 1960s. A number of former PVIL football players were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after successful professional careers.

What's Going On (Marvin Gaye song)

"What's Going On" is a song by American recording artist Marvin Gaye, released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary Tamla. Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo "Obie" Benson, the song was composed by Benson, Al Cleveland and Gaye and produced by Gaye himself. The song marked Gaye's departure from the Motown Sound towards more personal material. Later topping the Hot Soul Singles chart for five weeks and crossing over to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, it would sell over two million copies, becoming Gaye's second-most successful Motown song to date.The song topped Detroit's Metro Times list of the 100 Greatest Detroit Songs of All Time, and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the fourth-greatest song of all time; in its updated 2011 list, the song remained at that position. It is included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list, along with two other songs by the singer. It was also listed at number fourteen on VH-1's 100 Greatest Rock Songs.

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