Detroit Lions Great Mel Farr Dies at 70

Mel Farr, Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions Great Mel Farr Dies at 70

Two-time Pro Bowler was the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 1967.

Published August 4, 2015

The Detroit Lions continue to be hit with sad news.

Less than a month after Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders died of cancer, former Lions running back Mel Farr has passed away at the age of 70, the franchise announced Monday, as reported by ESPN. Farr had attended Sanders' funeral last month.

Farr was a two-time Pro Bowl rusher and earned NFL offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1967 after being selected No. 7 overall in the draft out of UCLA. He played seven years for the Lions.

As successful as Farr was on the field, he was that much more successful off the gridiron following his playing career. He owned the Mel Farr Automotive Group, which leased cars to people with poor credit.


According to ESPN, a 1999 Associated Press even called Farr's company the largest African-American-owned business in the United States. In a May 2015 radio interview, Farr even said that his business generated more than $600 million in sales at its peak.

Rest in peace to Mel Farr.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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