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Wallkill Football's Most Famous Player: Ed Mooney

Posted Thursday, March 01, 2007 by Times Herald Record


Mid-Hudson hometown/high school: Wallkill/1963 Wallkill graduate

Claim to fame: played eight seasons of professional football with the Detroit Lions (1967-72), Baltimore Colts (1973) and World Football League's Houston Texans (1974) ... primary linebacker backup and special teams defender with Lions ... replacement starter for most of 1973 season with Colts ... competed in football and track and field at a junior college in Scotts Bluff, Neb., and later at Texas Tech, where he became a record-setting thrower.

Favorite moments as an athlete: winning the junior college shot put and discus national titles in 1964 ... holding several throwing records at Texas Tech for more than 40 years ... his Texas Tech football team posted the upset of the decade with a win over Arkansas in 1966, and in 1967 the Raiders beat Texas in Austin ... his 1970 Lions team went 10-4 and was Super Bowl-bound until a 5-3 upset to the Dallas Cowboys.

If I could do it all over again: "As that whole thing unfolded, I wouldn't have done it different. I met my wife in Lubbock and have five kids.''

Where he lives now: Lubbock, Texas

What he's doing now: retired ... worked several years in academic services at Texas Tech and Baylor ... was involved in Athletes International Ministries ... was successful in real estate investment properties

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