Lew Carpenter


NFL Teams: Detroit Lions (1953-55), Cleveland Browns (1957-58), and Green Bay Packers (1959-63).

Important Notes: Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1953...drafted into the Army in 1955 and spent a year and a half overseas...traded to Cleveland when he returned from the Army...played with future Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown in his rookie year...in '59, Vince Lombardi got the job as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the first trade Lombardi made was to get Carpenter from Cleveland...won the world championship with Green Bay in 1961 and '62...retired from playing in 1963...had more than 40 years of NFL playing and coaching experience...wide receivers coach for the Minnesota Vikings from 1964-66...Atlanta Falcons assistant coach from 1967-68...assistant coach for the Washington Redskins in 1969...had coaching stints with St. Louis and Houston from 1970-74...Green Bay assistant coach from 1975-85...assistant coach with the Detroit Lions (1987-88)...took a job at South West Texas in 1989...Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers coach (1990-92) and wide receivers / tight ends coach (1993-94)...running backs coach at South West Texas in 1995...offensive coordinator of the Temple Owls in 1997.

Important Stats: Had one career interception (1953) which he returned 73 yards for a TD...rushed for 476 yards in 1954...rushed for 543 yards and six touchdowns in 1955...had 44 catches for 312 yards in 1955...rushed for 2,025 yards and 16 touchdowns in ten NFL seasons...had 87 receptions for 782 yards and four touchdowns in his career...had 28 punt returns for 339 (12.1 per return) yards in his career...returned 34 kickoffs for 686 (20.2 per return) yards in ten seasons.

Arkansas Notes: Lettered in football in 1950, '51, & '52...was one of the few players asked to play both offense and defense...on offense, he carried the rushing duties as a running back...on defense, he played defensive back...inducted into the University of Arkansas Letterman's Association Hall of Honor in 2000...on the Arkansas All-Decade Team of the 50's.

Links: Razorback Football History.

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Mr. Lew Carpenter was a loyal patron @ the company I used to work for. I admired his wisdom, storied experiences, and his humbleness. It has been an honor to know Mr. Carpenter; a man who played football when it was played by men, and played for the right reasons. He will certainly be missed by many.
 Heres to Lew Carpenter-