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|Date of birth:February 2, 1942|
|Place of birth: Tampa, Florida|
|Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)|
|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|
|* Philadelphia Eagles ( 1964– 1968)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 1969|
|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 1964–1968, and the Los Angeles Rams in 1969. He played college football at Tennessee State.
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. Lang was named Most Valuable Player of the 1966 Playoff Bowl, even though he did not start in the game. The Eagles lost the game to the Baltimore Colts, 20–14.
Los Angeles Rams
Lang made an appearance in the 1970 film Where's Poppa? as Muthafucka.
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. He had also impersonated Lawrence Taylor, Leonard Marshall and Doug Williams.
- "'Unlikely' Izzy Lang Looms Successor To Jimmy Brown". The Pittsburgh Press. September 21, 1966. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hL0bAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VU8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=7364,2862708. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- "Israel Lang's Rare Feat". The Milwaukee Sentinel. January 10, 1967. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=EXMxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DxEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1490,1902883. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- "Fullback Lang Wants Eagles to Trade Him". Reading Eagle. July 1, 1969. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9cgtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=daAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6751,477252. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- "Rams' Allen wheels Another pro deal". July 8, 1969. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LU4LAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TlIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7145,335162. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- "Former football player charged with forgery". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. November 18, 1988. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hDssAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wc4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5784,780266. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- Macnow, Glen and Big Daddy Graham (2006). The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists. p. 31. http://books.google.com/books?id=M95oL4yGSUoC&pg=RA2-PA31&lpg=RA2-PA31. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1988. http://articles.latimes.com/1988-11-18/sports/sp-541_1_running-back-football. Retrieved 2010-08-24.