Chandnois on a 1952 Bowman football card
|Date of birth||February 24, 1925|
|Place of birth||Fayette, Michigan|
|Date of death||April 19, 2011 86)(aged|
|Place of death||Flint, Michigan|
|Position(s)||Halfback, kick returner|
|NFL draft||1950 / Round: 1 / Pick 8|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lynn Chandnois (February 24, 1925 – April 19, 2011) was an American football player who earned All-American honors for the Michigan State Spartans in 1949, won the NFL Player of the Year award for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1952, and played twice in the Pro Bowl.
Lynn Chandnois was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on February 24, 1925. He moved to Flint, Michigan to live with an aunt and attend school. Chandnois earned All-State honors at Flint Central High School in basketball and football.
After graduating in 1944, he joined the United States Naval Air Corps and served for two years.
Chandnois a 6 ft. 2 in. 195 lb halfback, defensive back and kick returner attended Michigan State University and was a four-year football standout for the Spartans. He also played basketball for one year. He ranks first in career pass interceptions (20) and interception return yardage (384), and was the team's MVP in 1948 and an All-American in 1949. He was the State of Michigan’s Outstanding Amateur Athlete in 1950.
Life after football
Death and legacy
Lynn died on April 19, 2011 in Flint, Michigan, survived by his wife Paulette, daughters Lynda Harris of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and Suzanne Arnold of Prescott, Arizona.
Only Gale Sayers has a higher lifetime NFL kickoff return average.