Steve Van Buren
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|Date of birth:||December 28, 1920|
|Place of birth:||La Ceiba, Honduras|
|Date of death:||August 23, 2012(aged 91)|
|Place of death:||Lancaster, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|NFL draft:||1944 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Stephen "Steve" W. Van Buren (December 28, 1920 − August 23, 2012) was a professional American football halfback who played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) from 1944–1951, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.
Van Buren was born in La Ceiba, Honduras but, after he was orphaned as a boy, he was sent to live with relatives in New Orleans. From Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, he received an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University, where he led the nation in points (110) and touchdowns (16) as a senior.
A first-round draft pick in the 1944 NFL Draft, Van Buren ran for 444 yards in nine games during his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also led the league in returning punts as a rookie. The following season, Van Buren led the NFL in rushing for the first time. He would win three additional rushing crowns in 1947, 1948 and 1949, becoming the first running back in NFL history to achieve three consecutive rushing titles. In 1948, he scored the 50th touchdown of the Eagles' season, setting the record for most touchdowns scored in a season. Jim Brown (1957–1961, 1963–1965) twice, Earl Campbell (1978–1980), and Emmitt Smith (1991–1993) have since managed that feat. All four are in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
1948 NFL Championship game
Van Buren's signature game came on December 19, 1948. Playing in a blizzard for the NFL Championship against the Chicago Cardinals, Van Buren scored the only touchdown of the game to give the Eagles their first league title. They would win their second crown a year later against the Rams. In that game, Van Buren set a league record with 196 yards rushing.
The greatest irony was that Van Buren almost missed the game. Thinking the game wouldn't be played in the blizzard, he remained home until Eagles coach Earle "Greasy" Neale called him and told him the game was still on. He had to catch 3 trolleys and walk 6 blocks in order to make the game on time.
After a knee injury before the 1952 season, Van Buren retired as the NFL record holder for career rushing yards (5860) and career rushing touchdowns (69). He broke Clarke Hinkle's record of 3860 yards on October 3, 1949 when he rushed for 135 yards on 33 attempts and scoring two touchdowns in a 22-14 win over the Detroit Lions. He also scored three times returning kickoffs, three times on receptions, and twice on punt returns for a total of 77 touchdowns. He was also the first running back to pass 1000 yards in a season twice. A fast, powerful back, he is listed by various sources as standing 6'0" or 6'1" and weighing 200 or 205 pounds.
- Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 1965.
- Ranked number 77 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players in 1999.
- Number 15 retired by the Philadelphia Eagles 
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- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • Pro-Football-Reference
- Steve Van Buren at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Gallery of Steve Van Buren football cards
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