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Al Carmichael
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Carmichael in 2006
No. 42, 48, 40
Position:Halfback, kick returner
Personal information
Born:(1928-11-10)November 10, 1928
Boston, Massachusetts
Died:September 7, 2019(2019-09-07) (aged 90)
Palm Desert, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Gardena (CA)
NFL Draft:1953 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
  • Santa Ana College Hall of Fame
  • National Junior Colleges Hall of Fame
  • All Services Hall of Fame
  • Orange County (CA) Sports Hall of Fame
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Albert Reinhold Carmichael (November 10, 1928 – September 7, 2019)[1] was an American football player.

Carmichael holds the distinction of scoring the first touchdown in American Football League history, a 59-yard pass reception from Frank Tripucka for the Broncos against the Boston Patriots on September 9, 1960.

High school career

Carmichael prepped at Gardena High School.

College career

Following a three-year enlistment in the Marine Corps - he also played for the El Toro Marines, gaining about 1,000 yards in each of two years at the El Toro Marine Air Corps Station [2] - Carmichael played one year of college football at Santa Ana Junior College. At Santa Ana, he rushed for 1,110 yards with 19 TDs to earn Little All-American honors and was on a Junior Rose Bowl squad.[3] Carmichael then played at the University of Southern California (USC). As a Trojan, he was a three-year letter winner (1950-51-52), leading the team in rushing as a sophomore and in kick returns as a senior.[3] At USC he scored the winning touchdown in the 1953 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Carmichael caught a third quarter pass from back-up quarterback Rudy Bukich to win the game, 7–0.

Professional career

Carmichael played for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League between 1953 and 1958; then he was with the Denver Broncos of the American Football League in 1960 and 1961. He twice led pro football in kick off return yards. He scored the first touchdown in American Football League history, a 59-yard pass reception from Frank Tripucka for the Broncos against the Boston Patriots on September 9, 1960. He also has the tenth longest play in NFL history, a 106-yard kick off return for touchdown, at the time an NFL record held until 2007.[3] When he retired, Carmichael was the NFL's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage.[4]

Following his playing career, Carmichael was inducted into the Green Bay Packers, Santa Ana College, All-Services and Orange County Halls of Fame.[3][2]

Stunt double

Carmichael was a stuntman in more than 50 films, including Jim Thorpe – All-American (1951) for Burt Lancaster (1951), Saturday's Hero (1951), All-American (1953), Pork Chop Hill (1959), It Started with a Kiss (1959), The Big Operator, Elmer Gantry (1960), one of the doubles for Kirk Douglas in Spartacus (1960), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Son of Flubber (1962), smf How the West was Won (1962), and the TV show Rawhide.[5]


Carmichael married Jan and they had three children Chris, Pam, and Stacy. He lived in Orange County working in the pool-cleaning and automobile businesses before moving to Palm Desert to sell real estate in 1984.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Al Carmichael, former Broncos player who scored 1st touchdown in team history, has died at 90". September 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Tapping His Potential : Late Start Didn't Slow Al Carmichael". Los Angeles Times. 21 October 1992. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ex-USC Halfback Al Carmichael, Star Of 1953 Rose Bowl Who Then Set AFL And NFL Records, Dies". Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Packers Hall of Fame Member Al 'Hoagy' Carmichael Dies at Age 90". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Google Books: Hollywood Stunt Performers, 1910s-1970s: A Biographical Dictionary, 2d ed.- Retrieved 2019-02-05
  6. ^ Tapping His Potential: Late Start Didn't Slow Al Carmichael (by Mike DiGiovanna, October 21, 1992)- Retrieved 2019-02-03