Dick Lucas Bio, Wiki
Dick Lucas was a professional American football player who played tight end for five seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles. It is being reported that the former Eagles player has died on April 29th, 2020 from Covid-19 coronavirus complications as per his Orbituary.
He spent 1960 through 1963 with the Eagles, playing in 38 games and catching 34 passes for 384 yards and six touchdowns.
Dick Lucas Quick Facts
|Born||He was born on January 9th, 1934 in South Boston, Massachusetts|
|Died:||He died on April 29th, 2020 (age 86) in Philadelphia, PA|
|Cause of Death||Covid-19, coronavirus|
Dick Lucas Career
The Boston native spent five seasons in the NFL, including four in Kelly green with the Eagles. He retired after the 1963 season and logged 34 career receptions for 384 receiving yards (12.4 yards-per-catch) and six touchdowns as per Pro-football. His best year came in 1962 when he caught 19 balls for 236 yards and a score.
He began his football journey with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1958 before a leg injury delayed his career. He was traded from the Washington Redskins to the Eagles in 1960 and helped Philadelphia win the franchise’s third NFL title in 1960. Lucas was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 10th round of the 1956 NFL Draft, then joined the U.S. Marine Corps to serve a two-year military commitment.
“He was the epitome of a football player in the 1960s, in terms of what you would think of a football player,” his son Brian told the Eagles’ official website. “Rock-solid in his convictions. Loyal. If you weren’t on his side, you had to watch your back.”
In 1961, He caught eight passes but five of them were touchdowns. That’s the most TDs in NFL history by a player with eight or fewer receptions. His five TDs were tied for second-most in the NFL in 1961 by ends, who weren’t yet called tight ends.
His final touchdown of the season was the 32nd TD pass of the 1961 season by Sonny Jurgensen. That stood as a franchise record until 2017 when Carson Wentz threw 33. The Eagles honored Lucas during the 2017 playoff win over the Falcons.
Dick Lucas Death & Cause
Lucas died on April 29th, 2020 at his home in West Chester, PA due to complications from COVID-19. Eagles wrote on their twitter, “The Eagles are saddened to learn of the passing of former tight end Dick Lucas.”
The Eagles are saddened to learn of the passing of former tight end Dick Lucas. pic.twitter.com/ZxIkuh047X
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 1, 2020
Dick Lucas Wife, Children
Lucas is survived by Barbara, his wife of 59 years, along with two daughters, Dr. Karen Lucas and Andrea Lucas and a son, Brian Lucas, as well as four grandchildren.