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Garland Boyette

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College
  
Jersey number
  
52

AFL All-Star
  
1968, 1969

Positions
  
Name
  
Garland Boyette

Afl draft
  
1962

Role
  
American football player


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Born
  
March 22, 1940 (age 83) Orange, TX (
1940-03-22
)

1962-19631964-19651966-19691970-197219741975
  
NFL St. Louis CardinalsCFL Montreal AlouettesAFL Houston OilersNFL Houston OilersWFL Houston TexansWFL Shreveport Steamer

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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