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Albert Reinhold Carmichael (November 10, 1928 – September 7, 2019)[1] was an American football player.

Al Carmichael
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Carmichael in 2006
No. 42, 48, 40
Position:Halfback, kick returner
Personal information
Born:(1928-11-10)November 10, 1928
Boston, Massachusetts
Died:September 7, 2019(2019-09-07) (aged 90)
Palm Desert, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Gardena (CA)
College:USC
NFL Draft:1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Packers Hall of Fame
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Carmichael holds the distinction of scoring the first touchdown in American Football League history, a 59-yard pass reception from Frank Tripucka for the Broncos against the Boston Patriots on September 9, 1960.

High school careerEdit

Carmichael prepped at Gardena High School.

College careerEdit

Carmichael played college football at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC he scored the winning touchdown in the 1953 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Carmichael caught a third quarter pass from back-up quarter Rudy Bukich to win the game, 7–0.

Professional careerEdit

Carmichael played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League between 1953 and 1958; then he was with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League in 1960 and 1961. He twice led pro football in kick off return yards. He scored the first touchdown in American Football League history, a 59-yard pass reception from Frank Tripucka for the Broncos against the Boston Patriots on September 9, 1960. He also has the tenth longest play in NFL history, a 106-yard kick off return for touchdown.

Stunt doubleEdit

Carmichael played as a stuntman in more than 50 films including Jim Thorpe – All-American (1951) for Burt Lancaster (1951), Saturday's Hero (1951), All-American (1953), Pork Chop Hill (1959), It Started with a Kiss (1959), The Big Operator, Elmer Gantry (1960), one of the doubles for Kirk Douglas in Spartacus (1960), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Son of Flubber (1962), How the West was Won (1962), and the TV show Rawhide.[2]

FamilyEdit

Carmichael married Jan and they had three children Chris, Pam, and Stacy. He lived in Orange County working in the pool-cleaning and automobile businesses before moving to Palm Desert to sell real estate in 1984.[3]

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