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Larry Willingham
Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: December 22, 1948
Place of birth: Cullman, Alabama
High School: L. Frazier Banks High School
Birmingham, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Auburn University
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 4 / Pick: 95
Debuted in 1971 for the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)
Last played in 1975 for the Birmingham Vulcans
Career history
*St. Louis Cardinals (19711972)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Larry Levi Willingham (born December 22, 1948, in Cullman, Alabama) is a retired professional American football player. He played in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals (1971–1972) and in the World Football League for both the Birmingham Americans (1974) and Birmingham Vulcans (1975). He was an All-American defensive back for Auburn University in 1970 and inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Early yearsEdit

Willingham attended L. Frazier Banks High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was named to the Division 4A All-State Second Team as an end in 1966.[1] He spent his college years at Auburn University where he played defensive back. Willingham was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1969 and first-team All-SEC in 1970. He was also selected to eight All-America teams in 1970.[2] Willingham would later be named a member of Auburn's "Team of the Decade" for the 1970s and inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Willingham began his injury-shortened professional career with the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals in 1971 as a defensive back. Seeing limited playing time, he was being forced to retire for medical reasons following the 1972 season. He came out of retirement in 1974 to play for the Birmingham Americans of the upstart World Football League. He helped the team win the World Bowl in December 1974. After the Americans folded, Willingham signed with the successor Birmingham Americans for the 1975 season.[3]

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