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Garland Boyette

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College  Grambling State
Jersey number  52
AFL All-Star  1968, 1969
Positions  Linebacker
Name  Garland Boyette
Afl draft  1962
Role  American football player

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Born  March 22, 1940 (age 75) Orange, TX (1940-03-22)
1962-1963 1964-1965 1966-1969 1970-1972 1974 1975  NFL St. Louis Cardinals CFL Montreal AlouettesAFL Houston Oilers NFL Houston Oilers WFL Houston Texans WFL Shreveport Steamer
Education  Grambling State University

First in line: Boyette becomes pro football's first African-American middle linebacker

Garland Boyette was a professional linebacker in the American Football League for the Houston Oilers and in the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals (1962–63) and the Houston Oilers (1966–72). In 1967, he was the regular starting middle linebacker for the Oilers and joined Willie Lanier of the Kansas City Chiefs as the first African-Americans to play that position in professional football. He played in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes from 1964 to 1965. In 1974, he finished he played for the Houston Texans of the WFL. Midway through the 1974 season the Texans moved to Shreveport and became the Steamer. Boyette finished his career with the Shreveport Steamer of the WFL in 1975. Boyette is the uncle of former Oiler teammate, and San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Ernie Ladd.

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