Ed Flanagan died at the age of 79

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Ed Flanagan, a four-time Pro Bowl center who was chosen to the Lions’ 75th anniversary all-time team, has died at the age of 79.

Flanagan’s college football career began at PurdueHe was an All Big Ten Center during his senior year in 1964.

He was drafted by the Lions in 1965, the fifth round. As a rookie he started at center and held that position for over a decade. Flanagan told Coffin Corner The Lions paid him $12,000 per year.

“We always worked in the offseason. I started off selling steel Calling General Motors Ford Chrysler in Detroit. I sold real estate for two years. I sold real estate for two years,” Flanagan recalled years later.

Flanagan spent 10 seasons with the Detroit Lions and was named to the Pro Bowl on four occasions (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973). However, he tried to leave Detroit for the World Football League but the deal failed. In 1975, a contract dispute led him to sign with the San Diego Chargers. He earned the highest salary of all his careers, $37,000, with this team. After the 1976 season, he retired.

Lions great Ed Flanagan dies at 79 Original appeared on Pro Football Talk

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