American football player, Dorne Dibble, Died at 88


Dorne Allen Dibble was born on April 16, 1929 and died on March 1, 2018.

He was a former American football.

Dibble was a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions (1951, 1953–1957).

Dibble attended Michigan State.

He was the Lions’ third-round draft pick in 1951 after a successfull term at Michigan State where he earned All-America honors as a defensive end his senior year.

While he played for the Lions, they switched his position to a receiver and the changed paid instant dividends.

He tied Doak Walker’s record for the most touchdown receptions by a rookie with six TD catches in 1951.

He also set the Lions’ rookie record for yards per catch average that season at 20.4 – 30 catches for 613 yards.

He served the 1952 season in the military, but came back to star for the Lions from 1953–1957 and helped the Detroit win the NFL Championships in 1953 and 1957.

The Lions also went to the title game in 1954, the year Dibble led Detroit receivers and ranked fifth in the NFL with 46 receptions for 768 yards and six touchdowns.

During his career, he had 146 receptions for 2,552 yards – a 17.5 yards-per-catch average – and 19 TDs.

Dorne Allen Dibble died in Northville, Michigan on March 1, 2018 due to pneumonia at 88 years old.