John Land

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John made the Delaware State football team as a walk-on. He played four years, and was co-captain his senior year. John gained 600 yards and scored seven touchdowns in his senior year, placing
second in the CIAA.  He  also played linebacker on defense. Land was picked in the NAFL draft by the Wilmington Comets (Clippers) in 1966, and played and coached five years (1966-68, 71,
72) for the Harrisburg Capital Colts, Pottstown Firebirds, and Norfolk Neptunes of the Atlantic Coast League. He played for the NFL Baltimore Colts (1969) & Philadelphia Eagles (1970). John was
called up by Laurel’s Ron Waller, the head coach of the Philadelphia Bell (World Football League) in 1973 and played three years. Land was one of just a few Philadelphia pro football players to gain
more than 1,000 yards (1,073)…the others included Steve VanBuren, Wilbert Montgomery, Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. His World Football League career stats include third in rushing (1,073 yards
– 4.7 yards per carry), fifth in scoring (12 TD’s), and sixth in catches (55 for 596 yards). He was selected on the 1974 All-Star Team and named “Carling Black Label Player of the Year” and the 1974
MVP. Land was inducted into the National Pro Minor League Hall of Fame in 1974 and inducted into the Delaware State University Athletic Hall of Fame.



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