March 26, 2005

The Pro Football Encyclopedia

One Coffee and four Coffey men are named in the Pro Football Encyclopedia. They are Pat Coffee, Don Coffey, Junior Coffey, Ken Coffey, and Wayne Coffey.

Pat Coffee was James Lilburn Coffee, a brother to my father, Frank Hurley Coffee. Pat played for the Chicago Cardinals in 1937 and 1938, after graduating from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he starred on the gridiron for the Tigers.

The Encyclopedia describes Pat as being 5' 11' tall, weighed 183 pounds, a graduate of Minden (Webster Parish) High School and of Louisiana State. He was born August 3, 1915 in De Ann, Arkansas, and died January 25, 1976 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In 1937 he was listed on the Cardinal roster as a half-back, and quarterback. That year, as a rookie, he scored one rushing touchdown on 55 attempts, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. The next year he was carried on the roster as a half-back, and scored two touchdowns. At the quarterback position in 1937 he attempted 119 passes and completed 52 with 4 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In 1938 he attempted 39 passes, completed 16 for no touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He apparently left pro football after the 1938 season to attend medical school.

Don Coffey was born August 18, 1939 in Burnsville, North Carolina. After graduation from high school in Morristown, Tennessee, he attended the University of Memphis. He was drafted into the American Football (San Diego) and National Football leagues (San Francisco) in 1961. He played in three games while at Denver in 1963 before "retiring" to do other things. He is described as being 6' 2.25" tall, weighed 190 pounds, and played free linebacker in those three Denver games.

Junior Lee Coffey was born March 21, 1942 in Kyle, Texas. He graduated from Dimmitt (Texas) high school, and was drafted by the AFL Houston Oilers, and the NFL Green Bay Packers in 1965. He was describd as being 6' 1" tall, and weighed 211 pounds. He was listed on all rosters as a half-back or running back. In 1965 while playing for Green Bay he rushed for 12 yards on 3 carries, no touchdowns. From 1966 to 1967 he played for Atlanta where he rushed for 1612 yards and 9 touchdowns before moving on. In 1969 he played for the NY Giants where he rushed 82 times for 343 yards and one touchdown. The following year he rushed for 511 yards on 131 attempts and 2 touchdowns. In 1971 he rushed for 70 yards on 22 attempts, and no touchdowns. Over his career he averaged 7.6 yards per catch and 5 touchdowns.

Ken Coffey was born November 7, 1960 in Rantoul, Illinois. He played high school football in Big Spring (Howard County) Texas, and played college football at Tyler Junior College and Southwest Texas State. He was drafted in 1982 by Washington where he played Safety for three years (1983-84, and 1986). He was described as being 6' tall, and weighed 198 pounds.

Wayne Coffey, 5' 7" tall at 158 pounds went to high school in Abillene, Texas, and played college football at Cisco Junior College and Southwest Texas State. He was drafted in 1987 by New England as a wide receiver, He had three catches that season for 66 yards.

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