John LaGrone

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John LaGrone
Born:(1944-11-04)November 4, 1944
Borger, Texas, U.S.
Died:March 27, 2022(2022-03-27) (aged 77)
Fritch, Texas, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)
CollegeSouthern Methodist
Career history
As player
19671974Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1968, 1969
CFL West All-Star1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973
Awards1969 DeMarco-Becket Memorial Trophy
1969 CFL Most Outstanding Lineman
Honors1988 Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour[1]

John Wesley LaGrone III (November 4, 1944 – March 27, 2022) was an American professional gridiron football player who played for the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos.


After playing college football at Southern Methodist University, where he was an All-American, LaGrone spent his entire eight-year CFL career from 1967 to 1974 as a defensive tackle. He was named a Western Conference All-Star six times, a CFL All-Star twice, and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman Award in 1969.

The Eskimos never won a Grey Cup during his time with them, losing twice under head coach Ray Jauch, the 61st Grey Cup of 1973 and the 62nd Grey Cup of 1974, to Ottawa and Montreal respectively.


Since 1990, LaGrone served as a judge[2] in Hutchinson County, Texas.[3] He died on March 27, 2022, at the age of 77.[4]

Statistics and photo[edit]

Lagrone stats

Further reading[edit]

  • Beilue, Jon Mark (1999-08-24). "LaGrone was a complete player". Amarillo Globe-News.
  • Gove, Chris (1999-11-07). "This judge used to rule with defense". Amarillo Globe-News.


  1. ^ Edmonton Eskimos - Wall of Honour Archived 2010-10-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-10-06.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Hutchinson County, Texas". Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link).
  3. ^ Retro: Eskimo Great John LaGrone. 02/07/2009
  4. ^ John Wesley LaGrone, III