Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren passed away at the age of 91 yesterday, but leaves behind a legacy as one of football’s all time greats. Van Buren was a key cog in the 1948 and 1949 NFL Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The former LSU star was a first round selection of the Eagles and went on to amass 5,860 yards and 77 touchdowns. A player that Hall of Fame football writer Ray Didinger compares to John Riggins, it was Van Buren’s rare combination of speed and power that landed him on the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994.
Watch this NFL Films clip commemorating Van Buren, who was named the 58th greatest player in league history by the league’s prestiguous production company.