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Leroy Keyes

Running Back

Marvin Leroy Keyes

Inducted 1990

Date of Birth



Newport News, VA


Purdue University (1966-1968)


Purdue's Leroy Keyes broke in as a sophomore playing defensive halfback. Against Notre Dame he picked off a fumble in midair and ran 95 yards to score. He moved to halfback on offense and his best games were: 1967, 225 yards in 21 carries against Illinois; 1968, two touchdowns running and one passing against Notre Dame; 1968 three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Purdue came from 11 points down to beat Indiana 38-35. He also played some time on defense in 1968. He was unanimous All-America 1967 and 1968, making some teams on offense, some on defense. He had a career rushing average of 5.9 yards a carry and completed 12 passes, 8 for touchdowns. Purdue fans, voting for an all-time team, picked him as their greatest player and named him on both offense and defense. Keyes played pro with Philadelphia and Kansas City 1969-1975. Then he joined the Philadelphia School District, serving as a leader in a program to keep kids in school.


Height 6'3

Weight 199

Career Highlights

  • 1968 All-Conference
  • 1968 Heisman - Second
  • 1968 Unanimous All-America
  • 1967 All-Conference 1967
  • 1967 Conference MVP
  • 1967 Heisman - Third
  • 1967 Led the nation in scoring
  • 1967 Unanimous All-America
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