Football fans were confronted by tragic news this week when it was announced that legendary football coach and scouting director Larry Lacewell has passed away.
NBC Sports reporter cited a statement from the Dallas Cowboys as saying that Lacewell died on Wednesday at the age of 85.
Lacewell helped the Dallas Cowboys win three Super Bowls
Williams noted that Lacewell became director of college scouting for the team in 1992 and was promoted two years later to director of college and pro scouting. He continued to serve in that position until 2005.
The reporter characterized Lacewell as being “instrumental” in helping the Cowboys achieve success in the 1990s when it won three Super Bowls.
Lacewell’s time with the cowboys came after serving for over a decade as both a coach and athletic director at Arkansas State University, where he also played football as a student.
Meanwhile, Arkansas’ KAIT 8 described Lacewell as “the winningest football coach in A-State history” where he “roamed the sidelines at A-State from 1978-1989.”
“Truly an icon for our university”
The station recalled how Lacewell had “led the Indians to 69 wins, 2 Southland Conference titles, and made 4 straight appearances in the 1-AA Playoffs.” He also “coached five first-team All-Americans and twenty-four All-SLC selections.”
Lacewell’s death was greeted with sadness by Twitter users, including former players who praised his legacy as a coach.
Old Warriors, it is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you know that our leader and former Head Football Coach @AStateFB , Larry Lacewell, has passed away. He was truly an icon for our university and promoted our school throughout his career. 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/r8SoOubL75
— Tommy Walker (@OldWarrior_61) May 18, 2022
Arkansas’ KAIT 8 pointed out that multiple honors have been bestowed on Lacewell, including his being admitted to the Arkansas State Hall of Honor as well as the A-State Ring of Honor.
His name was also lent to Larry Lacewell Award, which is bestowed upon the Red Wolves’ most valuable player every season.
What’s more, the station noted that “[t]he road leading up to Bear Bryant Stadium is known as Larry Lacewell Lane.” It added, “Larry Lacewell certainly had an extraordinary football life.”