Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. He went from serving in the United States Army soldier to record setting rookie defensive back with the Los Angeles Rams in 1952. He was selected the all-time National Football League cornerback in 1969 and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1974. He made the Pro Bowl six times. His 68 career interceptions remain among the most in league history. He was also the eighth and final husband of legendary blues singer Dinah Washington.