Who is the only two-time Purple Heart recipient and NFL player?
Known as “The Little General,” former Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Eddie LeBaron was one of the greatest military heroes who ever played professional football. A four-time Pro Bowl quarterback who earned a law degree from George Washington University, LeBaron was one of the few members of the U.S. Armed Forces who was awarded the Purple Heart twice.
Only three other NFL players were awarded the Purple Heart before or after their playing days on the gridiron.
Eddie “The Little General” LeBaron
January 7, 1930 – April 1, 2015
- 1950 10th-round pick (123rd overall) from Pacific
- Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, QB
- 1950 – before playing his first NFL game, LeBaron was called into active duty and sent to Korea where he was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.
- Standing just 5-foot-7, LeBaron and Philadelphia Eagles’ Davey O’Brien are tied for the two shortest quarterbacks in NFL history.
- Four-time Pro Bowl QB
- Earned a law degree from George Washington University in 1959
- Died at age 85 in a retirement home
- Two-time Purple Heart recipient
- Bronze Star recipient
Dan Daly, The National Football League, pp 181-182.
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