Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Leroy Keyes

Leroy Keyes


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Purdue
  • High School: Newport News, VA (George Washington Carver HS)
  • Years: 1966-1968
  • Inducted: 1990
  • Place of Birth: Newport News, VA
  • Date of Birth: Feb 18, 1947
  • Jersey Number: 23
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 199

Member Biography

Leroy Keyes broke in as a sophomore playing defensive halfback. Against Notre Dame he picked off a fumble in midair and ran 95 yards to score. He moved to halfback on offense and his best games were: 1967, 225 yards in 21 carries against Illinois; 1968, two touchdowns running and one passing against Notre Dame; 1968 three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Purdue came from 11 points down to beat Indiana 38-35. He also played some time on defense in 1968. He was unanimous All-America 1967 and 1968, making some teams on offense, some on defense. He had a career rushing average of 5.9 yards a carry and completed 12 passes, 8 for touchdowns. Purdue fans, voting for an all-time team, picked him as their greatest player and named him on both offense and defense. Keyes played pro with Philadelphia and Kansas City 1969-1975. Then he joined the Philadelphia School District, serving as a leader in a program to keep kids in school.
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