One of the greatest offensive linemen in the long history of the Detroit Lions has passed away. Ed Flanagan, who spend the first 10 years of his NFL career with the Lions, passed away at age 79, the Lions announced.
Flanagan joined the Lions as a 5th-round draft pick in 1965 out of Purdue. He was an immediate starter at center and remained ensconced in the Detroit starting lineup for a decade. Flanagan earned four Pro Bowl nods in a five-year span starting in 1969.
Flanagan was named the center on the Lions’ official All-Time team.
Our condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Flanagan.