USC All-American Marlin McKeever Dies

Oct. 27, 2006

Marlin McKeever, a 2-time All-American end at USC who then played 13 years in the NFL, died on Friday (Oct. 27) in Long Beach after suffering a head injury in a fall at his home. He was 66.

Information for memorial services is pending.

McKeever was a 3-year (1958-60) letterman for the Trojans, where he also played fullback and punted. He earned All-Conference first team notice each season and was an All-American first teamer his final 2 years at Troy. He also was a 1960 Academic All-American. Among his other honors: he won USC's Lineman of the Year and Player of the Game versus UCLA Awards in 1960, and played in the 1960 East-West Shrine Game and 1961 College All-Star Game and Hula Bowl. He was USC's receiving leader in 1959 and 1960 and its punting leader in 1958 and 1960. He also lettered twice (1959-60) in track, competing in the shot put and discus throw.

Half of USC's Marvelous McKeever twins, his late brother Mike was a 1959 All-American guard (and 2-time Academic All-American) who captained the 1960 Trojan squad, but he had to give up football after a head injury in 1960. The twins were USC's first Playboy Pre-Season All-Americans, when they were selected in 1960, and also were inducted into USC's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Mike, who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, died in 1967 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Marlin was a first round selection in the 1961 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams and also was picked in the AFL draft by the Chargers (third round). He played tight end and linebacker for the Rams (1961-66 and 1971-72), Minnesota Vikings (1967), Washington Redskins (1968-70) and Philadelphia Eagles (1973).

After his playing days, he became a stock broker and insurance executive. He also was involved with the Trojan Football Alumni Club.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, and his 4 children­, Marlin Jr., Kellee, David and Michelle­.

His niece, Teri McKeever, was an All-American swimmer at USC who is now the head women's swimming coach at California.

The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to any of the following organizations in memory of Marlin McKeever: The High Hopes Head Trauma Center, 2953 Edinger, Tustin, Calif., 92780.; Crespi Carmelite High School, 5031 Alonzo Ave., Encino, Calif., 91316; the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, Marlin McKeever Head Trauma Fund, 1050 Linden Ave., Long Beach, Calif., 90813, or Marv Goux, c/o USC Athletics, University Park Center, Los Angeles, Calif., 90089.

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