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Larry Poole

When you talk about Kent State football’s heyday, you talk about the early 1970s. And when you talk about Kent in the early 1970s, you talk about Larry Poole. Poole, a running back from Garfield High, helped lead Kent State to its only Mid-American Conference football championship, in 1972. For the first of three consecutive seasons he led the Golden Flashes in rushing, gaining 588 yards on 126 carries and scoring five times. But Poole’s best was yet to come. He posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 1973 and ’74 and scored 31 touchdowns, including a school-record 18 in 1973. A two-time All-MAC first team pick, Poole’s 2,688 career rushing yards rank second on Kent’s list, and he holds Kent records for most career touchdowns (38) and most points scored in a season (108 in ’73) and in a career (228). Poole was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the ninth round of the 1975 NFL draft and played three seasons with the Browns and one for the Houston Oilers. He rushed for 588 NFL yards (4.4 average per carry) and scored five touchdowns, including three in one game against the Pittsburg Steelers in 1978.

Inducted 1995 | Football