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Former Oilers Linebacker Garland Boyette Dies at 82


John McClain of Sports Radio 610 announced that the former NFL linebacker died in Houston on April 19, 2022. McClain did not reveal Garland Boyette’s cause of death.

“Garland Boyette, who died this week, was a hard-nosed MLB playing when rules were so different than today,” John McClain wrote on Twitter on April 22, 2022.

Garland Boyette's Death at 82
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He continued: “Defensive players could get away with so much when he played 7 years with the Oilers and 2 with the Cardinals. He earned All-AFL recognition in 1968-69 with the Oilers.”

Garland Boyette whose full name was Garland Dean Boyette on March 22, 1940, in Orange, Texas. He was a former professional linebacker in the American Football League for the Houston Oilers and in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The late player was the regular starting middle linebacker for the Oilers in 1967 and then joined Willie Lanier of the Kansas City Chiefs as the 1st African-American to play that position in professional football.

From 1964 to 1965, he also played in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes. in 1968 and 1969, he made the All-American Football League team. The great player played 120 games with 86 starts and had 2 career interceptions.

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Garland Boyette’s Cause of Death Remains Untold

retired American sportswriter shared the heartbreaking news but he did not share Garland Boyette’s cause of death with the public. May he rest in peace.

In 1975, Garland finished his professional career with the Shreveport Steamer of the WFL. He was the uncle of former Oiler teammate, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Ernie Ladd.

“RIP Garland Boyette who recently passed at the age of 82. Boyette was a reserve middle linebacker for the Big Red in 1962-1963 and later became 2x All-Star with the Houston Oilers of the AFL. He was one of the first African Americans to play MLB in professional football,” one social media user wrote.

Garland Boyette's Died on April 19, 2022.
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One fan tweeted: “The Oilers family lost another one Tuesday. Rest in paradise Garland Boyette, the first African-American MLB in pro football history (along with Willie Lanier). Boyette played 7 years in Houston. He tried for the 1960 US Olympic team in the decathlon, barely missing qualifying.”

“I had the pleasure of getting to know Garland Boyette over the years. What a remarkable man. The first Black man to play middle linebacker in pro football. Built his own home,” Jason Bristol wrote on Twitter.

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