Dorne Dibble
Dibble on a 1955 Bowman football card
No. 84, 87     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1929-04-16)April 16, 1929
Place of birth: Adrian, Michigan
Date of death: March 1, 2018(2018-03-01) (aged 88)
Place of death: Northville, Michigan
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1951 / Round: 3 / Pick: 33
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions (1951, 1953–1957)
Career highlights and awards
* 2x NFL Champion (1953, 1957)
Receptions     146
Receiving yards     2552
Touchdowns     19
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Dorne Allen Dibble (April 16, 1929 – March 1, 2018) was an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions (1951, 1953–1957). He attended Michigan State.

Dibble was the Lions’ third-round draft pick in 1951 after starring at Michigan State where he earned All-America honors as a defensive end his senior year. The Lions converted him to receiver and the switch paid instant dividends. Dibble tied Doak Walker’s record for the most touchdown receptions by a rookie with six TD catches in 1951. Dibble also set the Lions’ rookie record for yards per catch average that season at 20.4 – 30 catches for 613 yards.

Dibble served the 1952 season in the military, but came back to star for the Lions from 1953–1957 and helped the Detroit win the NFL Championships in 1953 and 1957. The Lions also went to the title game in 1954, the year Dibble led Detroit receivers and ranked fifth in the NFL with 46 receptions for 768 yards and six touchdowns.

In his career, Dibble had 146 receptions for 2,552 yards – a 17.5 yards-per-catch average – and 19 TDs.

Dibble died in Northville, Michigan on March 1, 2018 of pneumonia at the age of 88.[1]


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