Former Detroit Lions running back and entrepreneur Mel Farr died suddenly at the age of 70.
Born in Beaumont, Texas, Farr was an outstanding all around athlete who would become a football star at UCLA. The Detroit Lions would select him as their first round draft pick in 1967. Farr would make an immediate impact and become the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, while his teammate Lem Barney would win the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Farr would also earn the first of his two trips to the Pro Bowl. Farr played his entire NFL career with the Lions before retiring after the 1973 season.