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Benjamin Bernard "Bernie" Flowers (February 14, 1930 – April 14, 2011) was an American football player who played at the end position for the Purdue University where he became a consensus first-team All-American in 1952. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the second round (14th overall pick) of the 1953 NFL Draft but chose to play in Canada with the Ottawa Rough Riders, where his 9 touchdowns scored made him an all-star. He played one game for the Colts in 1956.

Bernie Flowers
No. 77, 81
Personal information
Born:(1930-02-14)February 14, 1930
Erie, Pennsylvania
Died:April 14, 2011(2011-04-14) (aged 81) [1]
Lafayette, Indiana
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Erie (PA) Central Tech
NFL Draft:1953 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus All-American (1952)
  • CFL All-Star (1953)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:1
Player stats at
Career CFL statistics
Receiving TDs:9


Early lifeEdit

Born February 14, 1930, in Erie, Pennsylvania, Flowers attended Central Tech High School.[2]

College careerEdit

Flowers continued his football career at Purdue University following his graduation from Tech. Flowers lettered 3 years for the Boilermakers, from 1950 to 1952.[2] In 1952, Flowers helped lead the Boilermakers to a share of the Big Ten Conference title, and was named a Consensus All-American.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore ColtsEdit

Flowers was drafted with the 14th overall selection in the 1953 NFL Draft.

Ottawa Rough RidersEdit

Flowers choose not to play with the Colts in 1953, opting to play for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League instead. Flowers posted 9 receiving touchdowns, and was named an East All Star.

Return to BaltimoreEdit

After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1955, Flowers returned to professional football; appearing in one game with the Colts during the 1956 season.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bernie Flowers:1930-2011". Purdue University. April 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Matt Martin (April 16, 2011). "Flowers' career, life blossomed in Erie". CyberInk LP and the Erie Times-News. Retrieved November 4, 2013.

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