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Though listed as "end" during his playing days in the 1960s, WR Gail Cogdill was one of the great wide receivers in the history of this franchise. He panned out to be a steal in the 1960 NFL Draft when he was selected in the sixth round (63rd overall) and then proceeded to earn Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year that season when he caught 43 passes for 642 yards (14.9 average) and one touchdown.
Cogdill is one of only three Lions players (RB Billy Sims and RB Barry Sanders) who earned Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year since 1957. He ranks sixth on the team’s all-time receiving list in career receptions (325), fourth in career receiving yards (5,221) and seventh in career receiving touchdowns (28). Cogdill did finish his career with the Lions as the team’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. With 53 receptions for 991 yards and seven touchdowns, he was named the team’s MVP in 1962.
During his nine-year career, he was named three times to the Pro Bowl (1961, 1963 and 1964). His biggest day as a pro occurred November 1, 1964 against the Los Angeles Rams when he caught seven passes for 165 yards. The wideout from Washington State never played football until his senior year of high school.
Cogdill's Career Lions' Stats