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Lou Creekmur

William & Mary has graduated many outstanding football players over the years and Lou Creekmur, selected in 1949 as an All-Southern Tackle for the Indians, is classed as one of the best ever to play for the great gold. Lou was selected to the Look All-American Team, and in the Blue-Gray Game at Montgomery. He also played in the Inaugural Senior Bowl Game at Jacksonville, Florida before being drafted by the Detroit Lions out of the NFL American League Football Pool in 1949.

Lou played in the 1950 College All-Star Game against the Philadelphia Eagles with his team winning. He played in eight Pro-Bowl games from 1950 through 1958 without missing a game. Creekmur was selected All-Pro in 1951-1957. He played on the NFL championship team in 1952-53-57 and on the 1954 losing team as a member of the Detroit Lions. In 1958, Lou was selected to play against the College All-Stars as a member of the Champion Detroit Lions, although going down in defeat that year. He received an invitation to play in what would have been his ninth Pro-Bowl appearance in 1959, but declined because of business reasons, announcing his retirement from the game. He came out of retirement in 1959 and played the last eight games of the regular season for the Lions, which qualified him for the Bert Bell Pension fund by playing that year. Throughout his 10-year career, Creekmur never missed a game.

After working as District Manager for Saginaw Transfer Company from 1960-63, Lou was hired as Director of Labor Relations for Ryder Truck Lines of Jacksonville, Florida from 1964-69, and served on the first National Master Freight Agreement Committee. Lou was employed at Ryder Truck Rental from 1969 to 1992. He retired as the Director of Customer and Community Relations. This company is a multi-billion dollar corporation located in Miami, Florida.

Creekmur resides in Plantation, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio inducted in 1996.

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