January 31, 2012

Louis George "Long Gone" Dupre

   Louis George Dupre was a professional American football running back for seven seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts and the Dallas Cowboys. Originally from New Orleans, he played at Baylor University in 1952-54, gaining 1,423 yards over his three seasons and scoring 19 touchdowns. In 1953 he was part of a backfield that became known as the “Fearsome Foursome”, that comprised him, quarterback Cotton Davidson, halfback Jerry Coody and fullback Allen Jones. In his last two seasons at Baylor, the team went 7-3 and 7-4 and played in the Gator Bowl in 1954. He was given the nickname "Long Gone" by sportscaster Kern Tips. He finished his career with 311 carries for 1,423 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 1981, he was inducted into Baylor's Athletic Hall of Fame.

   Dupre was a third-round (27th overall) selection in the 1955 NFL Draft, played with the Baltimore Colts from 1955-59 and won two NFL championships. As a rookie he was second on the team in rushing, registering 88 carries for 338 yards, with most of his production coming after the fifth game. The next year with the addition of rookie Lenny Moore, he was forced to develop into a receiver out of the backfield and was third on the team with 216 receiving yards. His production would decrease in the following seasons, with Moore taking a bigger role in the offense. He also was a part time punter.

   He was a part of the 1958 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants, famously known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played". He started the game by gaining 30 yards on 10 carries. In 1959, Dupre played in only the first 4 regular games of the season. His only touchdown was a 2 yard pass from John Unitas against the Chicago Bears on October 18, 1959. Dupre was a member of the 1959 Baltimore Colts championship team, but due to his season-ending injury he sustained while driving home from practice, he did not play in the rematch against the Giants, which the Colts won 31-16.

   He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft. In the Cowboys 1960 inaugural season, he led the team in rushing with 104 carries for 362 yards in 11 games. He also scored 3 touchdowns in the tie against the New York Giants, helping avoid losing all of the games in the season. He was released on September 4, 1962, retired from the sport and began working at General Electric in Dallas, Texas. On August 9, 2001, he died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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Section 201
Forest Park East Cemetery

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