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Carpenter, member of three NFL title teams, dies at 78

PHILADELPHIA -- Lew Carpenter, a running back who played on three NFL title teams in a 10-year playing career, has died at 78.

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that Carpenter, a former wide receivers coach with the team, died Sunday in Texas. No cause was given.

Carpenter was a member of the Detroit Lions' 1953 NFL championship team and won titles with the Green Bay Packers in 1961 and 1962.

He played with the Lions from 1953 to 1955 and spent the 1957 and 1958 seasons with Cleveland before playing five seasons with the Packers.

Carpenter played 123 career games, finishing with 2,025 yards and 16 touchdowns on 468 carries. He also caught 87 passes for 782 yards and four touchdowns.

He spent three decades as an assistant coach in the NFL with Minnesota, Atlanta, Washington, St. Louis, Houston, Green Bay and Philadelphia.

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