Steve Van Buren

Steve Van Buren

About Steve Van Buren

Stephen 'Steve' W. Van Buren (December 28, 1920 August 23, 2012) was a professional American football halfback who played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) from -, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965. Van Buren was born in La Ceiba, Honduras but, after he was orphaned as a boy, he was sent to live with relatives in New Orleans. From Easton High School in New Orleans, he received an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University, where he led the nation in points (110) and touchdowns (16) as a senior. A first-round draft pick in the 1944 NFL Draft, Van Buren ran for 444 yards in nine games during his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also led the league in returning punts as a rookie. The following season, Van Buren led the NFL in rushing for the first time.

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