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Encyclopedia > Doug English
Doug English
Date of birth August 25, 1953
Place of birth Dallas, Texas
Position(s) Defensive Tackle
College Texas
NFL Draft 1975 / Round 2/ Pick 38
Pro Bowls 4
Statistics
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Team(s)
1975-1985
Detroit Lions

Doug English (born August 25, 1953 in Dallas, Texas) is a former American football Defensive Tackle for the Detroit Lions (1975-1985). He attended the University of Texas. August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...      Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City 997. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1975 NFL Draft Round 1 Categories: | | ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Bills Dolphins Patriots Jets Ravens Bengals Browns Steelers Texans Colts Titans Broncos Chiefs Raiders Chargers Cowboys Giants Eagles Redskins Bears Lions Packers Vikings Falcons Panthers Saints Buccaneers Jaguars Cardinals Rams 49ers Seahawks The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...      Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City 997. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ...


College Career

Helped Texas to three Southwest Conference titles. 1976 History Graduate.


Professional Career

Along with defensive end Al "Bubba" Baker, English was a cornerstone of the Lions’ feared "Silver Rush" defensive line of the late 70’s and early 80’s. The 6-foot-5, 255 pound English was Detroit’s second-round pick in 1975 out of the University of Texas. He became a starter in his third season, and with the arrival of Baker the following year the Lions defensive line soon became one of the NFL’s best. Because he was tired of the team’s chronic losing, English left football for a year after the Lions’ 2-14 debacle in 1979. However with the 1980 arrival of Billy Sims, and the team’s 9-7 finish that year, English was coaxed back to the Motor City for the start of the 1981 season.


Doug’s best season came in 1983, when he recorded 13 sacks. That year the Lions won the NFC Central Division title with a 9-7 mark, and came within a whisker of the NFC Championship game when they lost a heartbreaker to the San Francisco 49ers, 24-23, in the divisional round. Upon the arrival of new coach Darryl Rogers in 1985, English was moved to nose tackle in the team’s new 3-4 defensive alignment. His career ended after that season when he was forced into retirement due to a serious neck injury. He finished his career with 59 sacks, which still places him sixth on the Lions’ all-time list. He was named All-Pro three times (1981, 1983-84) and went to four Pro Bowls (1979, 1982-84). Took a season off in 1981 for a stint in the oil business…Voted defensive MVP in 1979 when he had 90 tackles and 6 * sacks.


Doug is often notable for having tied the mark of most safties recorded by a single player, with four through his career.


Personal Life

(Courtesy University of Texas at Austin Department of History website)


Doug English, a former Longhorn All-American and NFL football player, started the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation (LSPF) after suffering a career-ending neck injury in 1986. LSPF has raised over a $1 million for spinal cord injury research.


The Doug English Endowment in Neuroscience will be primarily funded by LSPF and is the first to aid spinal cord injury research at the hospital. This endowment will help to fund a rehab center and purchase equipment such as rehabilitation bicycles.


English said Brackenridge will gather data from the use of the bikes to pass on to other hospitals for their research.


Twenty years ago anyone with a spinal injury had no chance of recovery but in the last two decades, research has greatly improved chances for recover, said Claire E. Hulsebosch, president of the National Neurotrauma Society and neuroscience professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.


English is determined to “defeat this monster” in the next decade.


 
 

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