19 Facts About Leroy Keyes


Marvin Leroy Keyes was an American professional football player who was a running back and safety for five seasons in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs.


Leroy Keyes was drafted by the Eagles in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft.


Leroy Keyes was an All-American as a halfback on offense and played corner on defense and returned kicks and punts.


Leroy Keyes played both ways for Philadelphia before settling in as a solid strong safety.


Leroy Keyes was a dynamic player running and catching the ball.


Leroy Keyes finished his career running for 2,090 yards and had 1,204 receiving yards.


Leroy Keyes was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the third pick in the 1969 NFL Draft.


Leroy Keyes was considered the "consolation prize" by the Eagles, who had just lost out to the Buffalo Bills to draft O J Simpson with the first overall pick.


Conversely, Leroy Keyes was drafted one pick ahead of Joe Greene; both Simpson and Greene would go on to the Pro Football Hall of Fame while Leroy Keyes is generally considered a bust.


Leroy Keyes started out as a running back and had 637 total yards on offense including 3 rushing touchdowns as a rookie.


Leroy Keyes saw little playing time in 1970 and was moved to strong safety in 1971, where he made 6 interceptions and recovered 3 fumbles.


Leroy Keyes worked for the John Purdue Club until he became an assistant athletic director for the Purdue Boilermakers.


Leroy Keyes was a member of The Pigskin Club Of Washington, DC, as well as the National Intercollegiate All-American Football Players Honor Roll.


In 1987, Leroy Keyes was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.


Leroy Keyes was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990.


On December 30,2010, Leroy Keyes was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center.


Leroy Keyes was joined in the honor by Drew Brees, Bob Griese, and Rod Woodson.


Leroy Keyes died on April 15,2021, in West Lafayette, after several months of suffering from a recurrence of cancer and congestive heart failure.


Leroy Keyes was survived by his wife Monica and children Colin, Raymond, Jacqueline and Courtland.