Chuck Latourette
No. 26
Position:Punter / Return specialist
Personal information
Born:(1945-07-21)July 21, 1945
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Died:December 21, 1982(1982-12-21) (aged 37)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punting yards:10,049
Average punt:40.5
Total return yards:2,028
Player stats at · PFR

Charles Pierre Latourette[1] (July 21, 1945 – December 21, 1982) was a National Football League punter and return specialist.

Early years

Latourette attended Jonesboro high school where he played football. Latourette was an All-American and All-Southwest Conference as a defensive back.

Professional career

In 1967, Latourette signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and selected as the Cardinals' Rookie of the Year. On September 29, 1968, Latourette set the NFL record for punt return average in a single game against the New Orleans Saints.[2][3]


In 1972, Latourette announced his retirement from the National Football League following his graduation of the University of Tennessee as a medical student where he attended during his career in the National Football League.[4]


On December 21, 1982, Latourette died from a single gunshot wound to his eye in the bedroom of his apartment.[4][5] Latourette was a radiologist at the time of his death. Prior to his death, on July 30, 1981, Latourette previously survived a hang gliding accident in which he suffered broken arms and ribs.[6]


  1. ^ "Latourette's Pro Football Reference Profile".
  2. ^ "September 29, 1968 in History".
  3. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals 21 at New Orleans Saints 20 Box score (September 29, 1968)".
  4. ^ a b "Investigators said the shooting death of former Rice University..."
  5. ^ "The Nevada Daily Mail - Dec 23, 1982".
  6. ^ "Dr. Chuck Latourette, a former punter for the St..."