College Hall of Famer, Arkansas legend Phillips dies at 75
Arkansas legend and College Hall of Famer Loyd Phillips has died. He was 75.
The University of Arkansas said Phillips died Sunday morning due to complications from a stroke.
Phillips played defensive tackle for the Razorbacks from 1964-66 and was a two-time consensus All-American. He was a standout on the 1964 team that posted five shutouts and shared the national title and later won the Outland Trophy in 1966 as the nation’s top interior lineman.
“The Razorback Family and college football has lost one of its true legends,” Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “Loyd Phillips was a ferocious competitor for coach Frank Broyles in what was a truly golden era of Razorback Football. As his accomplishments attest, he established himself among the best to ever play college football.
“However, away from the field, Loyd was a humble gentle giant who made a meaningful difference in the lives of generations of young people in our state through his dedicated service in secondary education. He will be greatly missed.”
According to Arkansas, Phillips recorded 304 tackles during his career. He was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1992.
Phillips was a first-round pick (10th overall) in the 1967 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears but his career lasted just 32 games (21 starts) over three seasons. He intercepted two passes in 1968 and recovered a fumble in 1967.
Phillips’ son, Mackenzie, played for Arkansas from 1988-91. His brother, Terry Don Phillips, played at Arkansas from 1966-69 and was an administrator for the school before later serving as athletic director at Oklahoma State and Clemson.
–Field Level Media