Izzy Lang
No. 29, 39     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-02-02) February 2, 1942 (age 79)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College: Tennessee State
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 18 / Pick: 240
Debuted in 1964 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 1969 for the Los Angeles Rams
Career history
* Philadelphia Eagles ( 1964 1968)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1969
Rushing attempts     245
Rushing yards     873
Total touchdowns     8
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Israel Alvin "Izzy" Lang (born February 2, 1942) is a former American football running back who played for six seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 18th round of the 1964 NFL Draft. He played for the Eagles from 19641968, and the Los Angeles Rams in 1969. He played college football at Tennessee State.

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Lang was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 18th round (240th overall) of the 1964 NFL Draft. He was mainly a backup during his first two seasons in the NFL, and he earned the starting running back job in 1966 NFL season. In the season-opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, Lang rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries. In week 2, he rushed for 114 yards on 16 attempts.[1] Lang was named Most Valuable Player of the 1966 Playoff Bowl, even though he did not start in the game.[2] The Eagles lost the game to the Baltimore Colts, 20–14.

In 1968, Lang rushed for 235 yards on 35 carries. After the season, he asked to be traded from the team.[3]

Los Angeles Rams

On July 7, 1969, Lang was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for defensive end John Zook and wide receiver Harold Jackson.[4] He retired after the season.[5]

After football

Lang made an appearance in the 1970 film Where's Poppa? as Muthafucka.[6]

Lang was arrested 24 times after his retirement. On November 15, 1988, he was arrested for impersonating then-New York Giants running back Joe Morris by forging checks. He had convinced United Jersey Bank to cash a check in Morris' name.[5] He had also impersonated Lawrence Taylor, Leonard Marshall and Doug Williams.[7]


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