American Football Database
Marlin McKeever
Date of birth: (1940-01-01)January 1, 1940
Place of birth: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date of death: October 27, 2006(2006-10-27) (aged 66)
Place of death: Long Beach, California
Career information
Position(s): Tight end
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
 As player:
Los Angeles Rams
Minnesota Vikings
Washington Redskins
Los Angeles Rams
Philadelphia Eagles
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1 (1966)
Awards: 1971 Rams MVP
Playing stats at

Marlin Thomas McKeever (January 1, 1940 – October 27, 2006) was an American football defensive end, fullback and punter at the University of Southern California and a tight end and linebacker during his 13-year National Football League (NFL) career. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

College career

McKeever earned two-time All-America honors during his years playing, 1958-60. He was the Trojans' leading receiver in his junior and senior years. His work at linebacker got the attention of professional football scouts.

Professional career

McKeever was a first round pick in the 1961 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, playing in the league from 1961 to 1973. He spent 1961-66 with the Rams, 1967 with the Minnesota Vikings, 1968-70 with the Washington Redskins, 1971-72 back with the Rams and finally 1973 with the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring. He was a one-time Pro Bowler, in 1966. During his professional career, he was coached by four members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: George Allen, Bud Grant, Otto Graham, and Vince Lombardi.


Marlin and his brother Mike McKeever were the first twins to earn All-America status. They grew up in Los Angeles. Both he and his brother appeared in the 1962 Three Stooges comedy film The Three Stooges Meet Hercules playing the Siamese Cyclops twins Ajax and Argo. Marlin appeared with several of his Los Angeles Rams teammates as football players in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the 12th Wildcat." Mike died in 1967, after a car accident that left him in a coma for 22 months. On August 18, 1966, Marlin was a passenger in Roman Gabriel's car and lost a finger when Gabriel crashed into a parked car.

After the NFL, McKeever became a stockbroker and insurance executive. He also became the leader of the Trojan Football Alumni Club and close friend of recent USC coaches, including Pete Carroll.

On October 26, 2006, he fell at his home and slipped into a coma shortly thereafter. Doctors in the intensive care unit at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California reported a blood clot on his brain. He died from his injuries the next day. His interment was in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Preceded by
Merlin Olsen
Rams Most Valuable Player Award
Succeeded by
Merlin Olsen