Ex-Lions great Barr, who played defensive back and receiver, dies at 73

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Terry Barr, who was a rookie on the Detroit Lions' last NFL championship team in 1957, died Thursday after an extended illness, the team said. He was 73.

Career Statistics:
Receptions: 227

Yards: 3,810

Touchdowns: 35

Barr was a standout football and track athlete at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Central High School and a star running back and defensive back at the University of Michigan. He was a third-round draft pick in 1957 and played defensive back for the Lions, returning an interception for a touchdown in their 59-14 NFL title game victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Barr later switched to wide receiver and made two Pro Bowl appearances, in 1963 and 1964, at the position. He played nine seasons with the Lions.

Barr is survived by his wife, three sons and their families. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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