Leo Riggs
Leo Riggs, 1946
USC Trojans
Personal information
Born:(1923-09-11)September 11, 1923
Died:June 14, 1995(1995-06-14) (aged 71)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career history
  • USC (1942, 1946)
High schoolBell (CA)

Rex Leo Riggs (September 11, 1923 – June 14, 1995) was an American football player. He played college football at USC and was the seventh player selected in the 1946 NFL Draft.

Early years

Riggs was born in Maywood, California, in 1923. He was the son of Hiram Riggs and Alice Simkins.[1] He attended Bell High School in Bell, California.[2] He was selected as an all-Southern California prep halfback while at Bell High.[3] He was teammates at Bell with John Ferraro.[4]

Football and military service

Riggs played college football as a triple-threat quarterback for the Trojans in 1942 and 1946.[2][5] After the 1942 season, USC coach Jeff Cravath rated Riggs as "the best frosh prospect he had ever seen, bar none."[6] He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1945.[1] He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the 1946 NFL Draft.[2]

Later years

Riggs worked for 15 years as a customer service representative for Mauer and Elliott. He was married to Mary Alice Riggs and had four sons and four daughters. He died in Indio, California, in 1995 at age 71.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Rex Leo Riggs, 71". The Desert Sun. June 19, 1995. p. A4.
  2. ^ a b c "Leo Riggs". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved April 16, 2023.
  3. ^ "Trojans Annex Prep Grid Star: Leo Riggs, All-Southern California Halfback Enters". The Pasadena Post. February 6, 1942. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Braven Dyer (September 11, 1946). "Troy Stock Jumps As Riggs Made Eligible". Los Angeles Times. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Triple Threat Back Booms U.S.C. Stock". Oakland Tribune. September 11, 1946. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Riggs eligible, joins Troy". Daily News. September 11, 1946. p. 33 – via Newspapers.com.