Eddie Meador, a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selector as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, has died, the team announced Tuesday. He was 86.
The Rams confirmed Meador’s death in a statement. Dave Meador, Eddie’s son, first told Talk of Fame’s Clark Judge about his father’s death.
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“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a great NFL player, Eddie Meador, who has been an outstanding leader for our organization and the Los Angeles community throughout his 12-year career,” the Rams said in a statement. “He was an instinctive and fearless competitor who managed some of the greatest defenses in NFL history.”
“Eddie’s ability to inspire teammates made him a heartbeat for the Rams and his humility made him accessible to everyone. Meador’s family and friends are at the center of our thoughts and his legacy will live on forever.”
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The Rams selected Meador from Arkansas Tech in the seventh round of the 1959 NFL Draft. He played 12 games in his rookie season and quickly became a force to be reckoned with on defense.
The defensive back transitioned from cornerback to free safety and has received multiple awards throughout his career. According to Pro Football Reference, he played in 163 games and recorded 46 interceptions.
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Meador was inducted into the Hall of Fame’s “All-1960s” team but has not yet completed the final leg of induction in Canton, Ohio. He was among the 12 finalists in the Senior Committee selection for the 2024 class, but did not make the final selection.