Louis Creekmur (January 22, 1927-July 5, 2009) was an NFL left offensive tackle/guard for the Detroit Lions from 1950-59. He was also used as a defensive lineman in critical situations. In 1996, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Creekmur played football in an era in which protective equipment - especially helmets - were nowhere as sophisticated as they are today. During his high school and early pro years, anyone who wore a face mask was considered a 'sissy.' As a result, Lou Creekmur's nose has been broken and reset some 13 times. Like many players of the 1940s and 1950s, he has that distinctive 'flat nose' look that comes about from most of the cartilage being gone. Apart from the broken noses, Creekmur is remarkable in that in ten full seasons he never missed a game. His single most serious injury was in the last game of the season in the mid 1950s in which he dislocated his shoulder.
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