Dan Towler

Dan Towler
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1928-03-06)March 6, 1928
Place of birth: Donora, Pennsylvania
Date of death: August 1, 2001(2001-08-01) (aged 73)
Place of death: Pasadena, California
Career information
College: Washington & Jefferson
NFL Draft: 1950 / Round: 25 / Pick: 324
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 4x Pro Bowler (1951, 1952. 1953, 1954)
  • 1x All Pro (1952)
  • 1x NFL Championship (1951)
  • 1x Pro Bowl MVP (1951)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 3493
Rushing attempts: 672
Touchdowns: 43
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Daniel Lee "Deacon" Towler (March 6, 1928 – August 1, 2001) was an American football player. He played in the National Football League (NFL) as a fullback for the Los Angeles Rams from 1950 through 1955. He was the NFL leading rusher in 1952 and ranked among the top four rushers each year from 1951 to 1954. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College.[1][2][3]

The football statistics website Football Nation calls Towler "the greatest running back you don't know," and "a bright, shining star who lit up the NFL for an oh-so-brief but spectacular three-year period unlike any before or since."[4] "[F]or a three-year period in the early 1950s," says Football Nation, "Towler was the closest thing the NFL has ever produced to an unstoppable ball carrier."[4]

The Professional Football Researchers Association named Towler to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2006 [5]

After retiring from football, Towler was named pastor of the Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church in Pasadena, California.[6] He was also a chaplain at California State University, Los Angeles and president of the Los Angeles County Board of Education.


  1. "Dan Towler". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. "Dan Towler". databaseFootball.com. databaseSports.com.
  3. "Dan Towler". NFL All-Time Players. NFL Enterprises LLC.
  4. 1 2 Terrible Towler: the greatest RB you don't know
  5. "Hall of Very Good Class of 2006". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  6. Dick Strite (August 7, 1957). "Highclimber". Eugene Guard. p. D1.

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