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 Lee Roy Caffey

Lee Roy Caffey

Birth
Thorndale, Milam County, Texas, USA
Death 18 Jan 1994 (aged 52)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Salty, Milam County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 17594096 · View Source
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Professional Football Player. A three-sport athlete at tiny Thorndale High School in central Texas, he arrived at Texas A&M University in the fall of 1959, shortly after Bear Bryant's departure from A&M for Alabama. Sought by A&M basketball coach Shelby Metcalf, who had hoped to sign him as a result of all-state basketball honors earned during his senior year, Caffey ultimately decided to focus on football. During his three year varsity career at A&M, he played both offense and defense, holding the Aggie rushing title in 1961 as an All-Southwest Conference linebacker. He was selected to the College All Star team and played in the Challenge Bowl in his senior season. He was inducted into the Texas A&M Letterman's Association Hall of Fame in 1993. His success at A&M meant that the pros would come calling, and in the 1963 AFL and NFL drafts, he was chosen in the 4th round (25th overall pick) by Bud Adam's three year old AFL franchise Houston Oilers; the Philadelphia Eagles made him their 88th overall pick in the 7th round of the NFL draft. Caffey was named to the NFL All-Rookie team after his debut season at Philidelphia, shortly before being traded to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers in the storied Jim Ringo trade. Under Lombardi, he played in the 1965 World Championship, and Super Bowls I (1967) and II (1968). A standout in the famous Packers-Cowboys "Ice Bowl" game in 1967, he forced a fumble and then sacked legendary Dallas quarterback Dandy Don Meredith. In 1972, he added a third Super Bowl ring to his collection when he played for the Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry in Super Bowl VI. Caffey was enshrined in the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame in 1986, and was named to the 75th Anniversary All-Time Packers team. Caffey play with and for some of the greatest names in professional football. His greatest football memory, however, occurred much earlier in his career. As a 10 year-old, his Pee-Wee football team defeated the Tallequah Indian School in the Milk Bowl, played in Marlin, Texas. The highlight for Caffey occurred after the game. "That day I shook hands with Jim Thorpe and that was the greatest thrill of my life. He was an idol … a champion. I'll never forget meeting him." Caffey died of colon cancer at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. When asked about the cancer diagnosis that ultimately claimed his life, Caffey said, "The cancer won't beat me. The clock will just run out."

Bio by: Wayne Jackson


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  • Originally Created by: Wayne Jackson
  • Added: 20 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17594096
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lee Roy Caffey (3 Jun 1941–18 Jan 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17594096, citing Salty Cemetery, Salty, Milam County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .