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Ernie Ladd
Birth: Nov. 28, 1938
Rayville
Richland Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Mar. 10, 2007
Franklin
St. Mary Parish
Louisiana, USA

Professional Wrestler and Professional Football Player. Ladd was coached at Grambling State University by the legendary coach Eddie Robinson and led the team to their first Southwestern Conference Championship. He was drafted into the now defunct AFL by San Deigo and was a member of that team's championship squad in 1963. With a height of 6'9" and 315 lbs, Ladd began Pro Wrestling during his rookie year in the AFL and picked up the nickname that stayed with him the rest of his life, "The Cat". He rose to fame quickly, becoming involved in famous feuds with Andrae the Giant and Dusty Rhodes, among others and was key in the development of the career of Sylvester Ritter, better known as the Junkyard Dog. Ladd was the only person in history to be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the American Football League Hall of Fame and World Wrestling Entertainment's Hall of Fame, the latter occurring in 1995. In his latter years, Ladd served as a pastor in Franklin, Louisiana. (bio by: nWoQ) 

Cause of death: Cancer
 
Burial:
Franklin Cemetery
Franklin
St. Mary Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
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Originally Created by: nWoQ
Record added: Mar 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18351731
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- Florida Boy 64
 Added: Jul. 1, 2015
Mr. Ladd, God called you home eight years ago this month. You were, are, and will always represent everything which is right with athletics. Thank you for the countless memories and moments, which you have and continue to provide for generations of fans, ...(Read more)
- Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 24, 2015

- Gil
 Added: Mar. 10, 2015
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