Earl Gros
No. 40, 34, 38
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1940-08-29)August 29, 1940
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
Died:July 13, 2013(2013-07-13) (aged 72)
Prairieville, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Terrebonne (LA)
NFL Draft:1962 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
AFL Draft:1962 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Earl Roy Gros (August 29, 1940 – July 15, 2013) was an American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons .[1] Born and raised in Louisiana, he played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge.

Gros was selected in the first round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and in the second round of the AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. Gros opted for the NFL, where he backed up fellow LSU Tiger Jim Taylor at fullback and the Packers repeated as NFL champions in his rookie season in 1962. He played two seasons in Green Bay, then was traded with hall of fame center Jim Ringo to the Philadelphia Eagles for linebacker Lee Roy Caffey (and a first round draft choice) in May 1964.[2][3][4][5] The draft choice was used to select halfback Donny Anderson as a "future pick" in the 1965 NFL Draft.

Gros played three seasons with the Eagles (1964–1966), three with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1967–1969), and one game in 1970 with the New Orleans Saints.

He finished his career with 821 rushes for 3,157 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and 28 touchdowns; he also had 142 receptions for 1,255 yards (8.8 yards per reception) and ten touchdowns.

Gros died at age 72 in Louisiana.[1]


  1. ^ a b McElroy, Kelly (August 1, 2013). "Gros played 9 years in NFL". Houma Today. (Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana). Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Lea, Bud (May 6, 1964). "Gros, Ringo traded to Eagles". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 2, part 2.
  3. ^ "Ringo, Gros traded to Eagles, Packers get a linebacker". Milwaukee Journal. May 6, 1964. p. 2, part 2.
  4. ^ "Packers trade Ringo, Gros". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. May 6, 1964. p. 2C.
  5. ^ "Packers pull trade, create new problem". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. May 6, 1964. p. 58.