Steve Van Buren (1920 – 2012)

Steve Van Buren; image by Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Who would’ve imagined that an orphan from Honduras would be the savior of the Philadelphia Eagles?

A former Bayou Bengal who was selected by the woeful Eagles as the fifth overall pick in the 1944 NFL draft, Van Buren was a bruising runner who racked up four rushing titles during his eight-year career.  He also scored the lone touchdown during the 1948 “Philly Blizzard” game, which earned the Eagles their first NFL title.  When a knee injury forced his retirement after just eight seasons of work, he was already the NFL’s career leader in rushing yards and touchdowns.

Van Buren scoring the lone TD during the ’48 NFL Championship game; image courtesy coldhardfootballfacts.com.

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