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Former Lions Quarterback Hospitalized

November 10, 1986

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ Bobby Layne, a Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Detroit Lions to three NFL titles in the 1950s, has been hospitalized for a liver ailment, a friend said Sunday.

Layne, 59, was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on Saturday night, said Nick Kerbawy, commissioner of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and the Lions general manager from 1948-58.

Kerbawy said Layne was suffering from a liver ailment. ″That Layne is strong. He’s a tough kid,″ he said.

St. Joseph spokeswoman Madge Lawson said Layne was in stable condition and resting comfortably Sunday night and that he had been joined by his family. She declined to release any details of his ailment.

Layne had flown from his home in Lubbock, Texas, to Pontiac with former Lions Doak Walker and Cloyce Box to attend the team’s annual alumni festivities, Kerbawy said.

The three had been scheduled to take part in halftime activities during the Detroit-Minnesota football game Sunday.

During his 15-year NFL career, Layne completed 1,814 of 3,700 passes for 26,769 yards and 196 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.

Layne began his pro career with the Chicago Bears in 1948 and went to the New York Bulldogs in 1949 before playing for the Lions from 1950-57, leading Detroit to world championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957. He finished out his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1958-62.

He holds the Lions’ career record for most passes attempted, 2,193; most yards gained, 15,710; most touchdown passes, 118; and most passes intercepted, 142.

In 1951, Layne set a Lions’ season record with 26 touchdown passes. He also set a club record for the most passing yardage in one game, 374, on Nov. 5, 1950 against the Chicago Bears.

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