Eli Strand
No. 58, 61
Position:Offensive lineman
Personal information
Born:(1943-02-11)February 11, 1943
Bronxville, New York
Died:January 2, 2008(2008-01-02) (aged 64)
Bronxville, New York
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Tuckahoe (NY)
College:Iowa State
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Eli S. Strand, Jr. (February 11, 1943 – January 2, 2008), also known as Eli from Westchester, was an American professional football player who played offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints.[1] He was a taxi squad member of the 1965 NFL Champion Green Bay Packers in the year immediately preceding Super Bowl I.

In his later years, he was a frequent caller to sports radio station WFAN (AM) in New York City as "Eli from Westchester." He was known for invoking race into virtually every single phone call, infuriating the hosts, which often resulted in the hosts banning him from calling into the station. By his own admission, his penchant in looking for racism contributed to his early exit from the NFL. While with the Saints, he tried to organize several black players to take action against team management for better working conditions. He had limited clout as a marginal player on an expansion football team and found himself out of the league by the end of the year.

Strand died on January 2, 2008, at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, New York, following a brief illness.[2]

References

  1. ^ Eli Strand NFL & AFL Football Statishreetics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  2. ^ "ELI STRAND Obituary (2008) the Journal News".