- Joe Don Looney
October 10, 1942
Fort Worth, TX, United States
DateOfDeath=death date and age|1988|09|24|1942|10|10
Terlingua, Texas, United States
Cameron Junior College
Kansas City Chiefs)
New York Giants
Detroit Lions Washington Redskins New Orleans Saints
Joe Don Looney (
October 10, 1942– September 24, 1988) was an American football running backin the National Football Leaguefor four different teams.
Looney was born in Fort Worth,
Texas, the son of Don Looney, who played on the 1938 NCAA championship team of Texas Christian U. & played end for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1940 [The Sporting News - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1208/is_n40_v219/ai_17495109/pg_2?tag=artBody;col1] [www.killerfrogs.com/msgboard/lofiversion/index.php?t78709.html] .
Joe Don Looney played as a running back for the Cameron Junior College Aggies of
Lawton, Oklahomaand the Oklahoma Sooners in college, and later a member of the New York Giants, the Baltimore Colts, the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, and the New Orleans Saintsover the span of a six year career.
During his first semester at Texas, Looney received four Fs and one D mark. Looney responded by dropping out and enrolling at Texas Christian. He was eventually kicked out of school there and transferred to Cameron Junior College, where he played for Leroy Montgomery. He set a punting record in the 1961 Junior Rose Bowl, as his team won the junior college national championship. He made All-American with Oklahoma in 1962, leading them to the
Big Eight ConferenceChampionship. He played in only three games in 1963. Coach Bud Wilkinsonkicked him off the team after Looney punched a graduate-assistant coach.
The New York Giants made him their 1st round selection in the
1964 NFL Draft. He was with the team 25 days.
The Giants traded him to the Baltimore Colts just before the '64 season. Joe Don was only given 23 carries that entire season with Baltimore.
The Colts traded Looney to the Detroit Lions following the 1964 season. He put together one good season, racking up 114 carries for 356 yards and 5 touchdowns. While with Detroit, coach
Harry Gilmerwanted Looney to carry in a play to the quarterback. Looney refused and told Gilmer "If you want a messenger boy, call Western Union." [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/book/pages/67.htm WashingtonPost.com: The Redskins Book: Page 67 ] ]
Detroit traded him to the Washington Redskins.
His tenure in Washington was largely uneventful. He had 55 carries for 178 yards. The only highlight of his time with the Redskins came on a play in which he didn't even have the ball. He was pass protecting for quarterback
Sonny Jurgensenon a play, and ended up leveling an onrushing pass rusher with a right hook to the jaw.
In 1968, Looney was called up by the
United States Armyto go to Vietnam. When he returned to the States, he signed on with the New Orleans Saints.
He had three carries for -3 yards with the Saints that year, and retired after the season.
After his retirement from football he converted to
Hinduismand joined the Siddha Yogamovement led by Swami Muktananda. Stan Trout, a fellow convert, alleged that Looney was one of Muktananda’s “enforcers” who intimidated people into obeying him. [ [http://www.leavingsiddhayoga.net/secret.htm The Secret Life of Swami Muktananda ] ]
He died at the age of 45 on
September 24, 1988near Luna Vista north of Terlingua, Texas when his motorcycleran off a rural highway and crashed into a fence. There were no skidmarks on the road.
Steroid Usage In Sports
There are strong reasons to believe that Joe Don Looney was a participant in the early phase of anabolic steroid usage in American sports [http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/2008/06/14/2008-06-14_dianabol_the_first_widely_used_steroid_t.html?print=1&page=all] , albeit unknowingly; this would fit in with his remarkable physical performance, his alleged assault against an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, & the public assault in the Washington Redskins game.
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