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RIP Mel Farr

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Detroit Lions Rookie of the Year in 1967 and a two-time Pro Bowler died Monday at 70, but that's not even half the story.

    Former Detroit Lions RB Mel Farr dead at 70

    Along with teammate Lem Barney, did background vocals on Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On?"

    Owned a number of Ford dealerships in the Detroit area, and at one time was among the most successful black business owners in the country.

    Also made some great commercials:

     
  2. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    That 1980 Mustang was a damn ugly car.

    RIP Mel.
     
  3. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Active Member

    apparently Farr and Barney tried to arrange a tryout for Gaye with the Lions in the late 1960s
     
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    American cars period in the 1980s and early 90s were garbage. It's no wonder Toyota, Honda and Nissan/Datsun took over the market.
     
  5. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    A kid on the way at 70 to boot. Hopefully, those royalties keep on coming.
     
  6. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I would have to assume he remarried a much younger woman. At least I sure hope so.
     
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Jasmine? I think I know where they met.
     
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  8. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Active Member

    When I was about 12, UCLA had Farr stashed at Santa Monica College, which is about 5 blocks from where I lived. Saw most of his games. He was a JC superstar running back. Later in my career, I covered UCLA when his sons played.
     
  9. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    If not, someone needs to explain What's Going On
     
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  10. qtlaw24

    qtlaw24 Active Member

    One of my first NFL cards! I can still see him with the Lions gear and pads. "...and (Greg) Landry hands off to Farr off tackle for 5...." May he RIP.
     
  11. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

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    Oh... MEL Farr! Never mind. #abstinenceavoided
     
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