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John Gordy

Born: Jul 17, 1935

Death: Jan 30, 2009

Birthplace: Nashville

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

John Gordy

Date of Birth : Jul 17, 1935
Date of Death : Jan 30, 2009
Birth Place : Nashville

John Gordy was an American football offensive guard who played for the Detroit Lions in an eleven-year career that lasted from 1957 to 1967 in the National Football League. Gordy played high school football at the former Isaac Litton High School in Nashville, Tennessee and subsequently college football at the University of Tennessee. While at the University of Tennessee he joined Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. In his senior season, he served as captain of the Vols. He was a teammate of Johnny Majors, who served as his alternate captain. The 1956 Vols won the championship of the Southeastern Conference. Gordy was drafted in the second round of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Lions. The 1957 Lions, quarterbacked primarily by Tobin Rote and with Gordy playing a key role in the blocking schemes, won the NFL championship, the last Lions team to do so. He played in three Pro Bowls during his professional career. Gordy served as president and executive director of the professional football players union, the National Football League Players Association. As such, he was a key negotiator of the first collective bargaining agreement in major professional sports.


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