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Larry Radcliff

Larry Radcliff was a two-sport standout at East High School, lettering in football and track. An allcity honoree as a senior, he later went on to be inducted into East's Hall of Fame. Radcliff then chose to continue his career on the gridiron at Eastern Michigan University, where he would go on to become one of the best players to ever done a uniform for the Hurons. He led the team in rushing for three consecutive years from 1969-1971, turning in 649 yards as a sophomore and back-to-back 1,000-yard efforts in 1970 (1,011) and 1971 (1,188), becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher in school history in the process. Radcliff established a new career rushing mark with 2,848 yards, a total that still stands fourth in EMU annals more than 40 years later. He turned in nine 100-yard rushing games during his stellar career, including a pair of amazing performances that still sit atop the school record books. On Oct. 2, 1971, Radcliff dashed for a school record 251 yards against Idaho State, a mark that would stand for all of two weeks before he shattered it with 291 yards against Western Kentucky. On the strength of those two record-breaking outbursts, he led the nation in rushing through six games with a 194.5 average. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the very next game. Despite the setback, he was still chosen in the eighth round of the 1972 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Although he never played in the NFL, Radcliff went on to play one season with the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League. Named the EMU Athlete of the Year in 1972 and the football team MVP in 1971, he led the Hurons in scoring in both 1970 and 1971, and his career point total of 156 still remains eighth in school history, while his 26 career touchdowns still ranks fourth. He was inducted into the Eastern Michigan Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Radcliff and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Belleville, Mich. They have five grown children, Erica, Sheldon, Terrence, Steven and Kailla. Before his retirement, Radcliff worked many years for the Washtenaw County in Michigan.

Inducted 2012 | Football