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Bernie Flowers
No. 77, 81     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1930-02-14)February 14, 1930
Place of birth: Erie, Pennsylvania
Date of death: April 14, 2011(2011-04-14) (aged 81) [1]
Place of death: Lafayette, Indiana
High School: Erie (PA) Central Tech
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
Debuted in 1953 for the Ottawa Rough Riders
Last played in 1956 for the Baltimore Colts
Career history
* Ottawa Rough Riders (1953)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1952)
Games played     1
Stats at
Receiving TDs     9

Benjamin Bernard "Bernie" Flowers (February 14, 1930 – April 14, 2011) was an American football player who played at the end position for the Purdue University where he became a consensus first-team All-American in 1952. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the second round (14th overall pick) of the 1953 NFL Draft but chose to play in Canada with the Ottawa Rough Riders, where his 9 touchdowns scored made him an all-star. He played one game for the Colts in 1956.

Early life

Born February 14, 1930, in Erie, Pennsylvania, Flowers attended Central Tech High School.[2]

College career

Flowers continued his football career at Purdue University following his graduation from Tech. Flowers lettered 3 years for the Boilermakers, from 1950 to 1952.[2] In 1952, Flowers helped lead the Boilermakers to a share of the Big Ten Conference title, and was named a Consensus All-American.[2]

Professional career

Baltimore Colts

Flowers was drafted with the 14th overall selection in the 1953 NFL Draft.

Ottawa Rough Riders

Flowers choose not to play with the Colts in 1953, opting to play for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League instead. Flowers posted 9 receiving touchdowns, and was named an East All Star.

Return to Baltimore

After not playing football in 1954 and 1955 due to serving in the U. S. Navy, Flowers returned to play for the Colts. Flowers appeared in just one game with the Colts in 1956.

See also


  1. "Bernie Flowers:1930-2011". Purdue University. April 15, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Matt Martin (April 16, 2011). "Flowers' career, life blossomed in Erie". CyberInk LP and the Erie Times-News.. Retrieved November 4, 2013.

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