Eddie LeBaron Named 2012 Davey O’Brien Legends Award Recipient
EDDIE LEBARON TO RECEIVE DAVEY O’BRIEN
LEGENDS AWARD PRESENTED BY LOW T CENTER
December 12, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Davey O’Brien Foundation today announced Eddie LeBaron as the recipient of the 2012 Davey O’Brien Legends Award presented by Low T Center, in honor of his outstanding contributions to the game of football both on and off the field. LeBaron will be presented with the award at the 36th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I am profoundly honored to receive the Legends Award,” said LeBaron. “It is truly flattering to join such an impressive group of men.”
Established in 2001 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Davey O’Brien Foundation, the Legends Award recognizes a college or professional quarterback who has made a significant contribution to the game of football, distinguished himself as an extraordinary leader and demonstrated exemplary conduct on and off the football field. Past recipients include Jim Kelly (2011), Bob Griese (2010), Dan Fouts (2009), Joe Theismann (2008), Steve Spurrier (2007), Paul Hornung (2006), Len Dawson (2005), Archie Manning (2004), Terry Bradshaw (2003), Bart Starr (2002) and Roger Staubach (2001).
“We’re thrilled to present Eddie LeBaron with our Legends Award,” said Scott Murray, Chair of the Legends Committee for the Davey O’Brien Foundation. “His outstanding contributions, both on and off the field, make him the ideal recipient of this year’s award, and we are greatly looking forward to celebrating his achievements at the Awards Dinner.”
LeBaron, a California native, began playing football at a very young age. By the time he was 13, LeBaron had developed into a multisport athlete: playing football, basketball and running hurdles for the track team. After graduating high school, LeBaron enrolled at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. at the age of 16.
Affectionately nicknamed “Lil’ General” for his 5’7”, 165 pound-frame, LeBaron appeared very unassuming; however, the college football sensation lettered all four years at Pacific playing on both sides of the ball starting at quarterback and safety as well as punter. In 1949, LeBaron led his team to an undefeated season and earned All-American honors. As a tiger, LeBaron completed 197 passes for 3,838 yards and 45 touchdowns. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Washington Redskins selected LeBaron in the 10th round of the 1950 NFL Draft. However, the Lil’ General had to defer his NFL career; the Korean War had begun and LeBaron accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He spent nine months in Korea where he was twice wounded. LeBaron received a Purple Heart and was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism. He transferred to the inactive reserve in 1952 to begin his NFL career with the Washington Redskins.
After flourishing in his first season, throwing for 1,420 yards and 14 touchdowns, he was named NFL Rookie of the Year. LeBaron played seven seasons with the Washington Redskins (1952-53, 55-59) before becoming the Dallas Cowboys’ first quarterback. Although the Cowboys went winless in their inaugural season in 1960, LeBaron led the Cowboys to their first ever victory in their season opener in 1961 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The four-time Pro Bowler hung up his cleats in 1963 after passing for 13,399 yards and 104 touchdowns.
Following his retirement from football, LeBaron went on to practice law with a degree he had earned during the offseason. He later served as the Atlanta Falcons’ general manager (1977-1982) and executive vice president/chief operating officer (1982-1985). After a brief stint with the NFL’s league office, LeBaron returned to California and joined the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro where he served as managing partner of the firm’s Sacramento office until retiring in 1997.
LeBaron and his wife, Doralee, currently live in Sacramento, Calif. They have three sons, Edward Wayne III, Richard and William as well as five grandchildren.
About the Davey O’Brien Legends Award
Founded in 1977, the Davey O’Brien Foundation recognizes champions on and off the field through awards programs encouraging academic and career success. The Davey O’Brien Legends Award was established in 2001 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Foundation and to pay tribute to Davey O’Brien. The Legends Award recognizes a college or professional quarterback who has made a significant contribution to the game of football, distinguished himself as an extraordinary leader and demonstrated exemplary conduct on and off the football field.
About the Davey O’Brien Foundation
The Davey O’Brien Foundation was founded in 1977 to honor and remember the strong character and leadership of football great, Davey O’Brien. Widely known for its Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®, the Foundation recognizes champions on and off the field through awards programs encouraging academic and career success. The Foundation has given away more than $850,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field to leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
About Low T Center
Founded in 2010, Low T Center has quickly evolved into a pioneering and innovative medical practice. Low T Center exclusively diagnoses and treats men with low testosterone levels, currently with 17 locations across the country and growing with the awareness and demand for testosterone therapy. Low T Center differentiates itself by focusing on the needs of their patients. Their main goal is for every man age 40 to 60 to know their testosterone level. For more information about low testosterone and treatment, visit www.LowTCenter.com.
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