Doug English

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Doug English
No. 78
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-08-25) August 25, 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth: United States Dallas, Texas
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Debuted in 1975
Last played in 1985
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks59
Games131
Safeties4
Stats at NFL.com
College Football Hall of Fame
 
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Doug English
No. 78
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-08-25) August 25, 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth: United States Dallas, Texas
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Debuted in 1975
Last played in 1985
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks59
Games131
Safeties4
Stats at NFL.com
College Football Hall of Fame

Lowell Douglas English (born August 25, 1953) is a former American football Defensive Tackle for the Detroit Lions (1975–1985).

Early years[edit]

English was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended and was graduated from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas.

College career[edit]

English attended the University of Texas graduating in 1976 with a major in History. He helped the Texas Longhorns to three Southwest Conference titles. In 2011, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

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. Because of chronic injuries that were hampering his play, English left football for a year in 1979. However after a year, English rejoined prior to 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 lost 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 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).

Doug is also the President of the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation.