Paul Briggs, Detroit Lions Tackle and Linebacker

February 22nd, 2011  |  Published in Player Deaths

Paul Briggs 1948 Bowman football cardPaul Briggs, who played tackle and linebacker for the Detroit Lions in 1948, passed away on February 14. According to Briggs’s obituary at, a knee injury cut short his football career. The obituary includes an account of his World War II heroism, a list of his college football awards, and a recent photo. has a photo of Briggs with the 1947 University of Colorado football team.

Despite having a short NFL career, Briggs appeared on a football card, the 1948 Bowman card pictured here. His card is one of the short prints in the set, and one of the more difficult cards in the set to find in high grade. (For details, see the 1948 Bowman uncut sheet page.)

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