All-Time NFL Players From Acadiana: Greg LaFleur
A number of people have represented the Acadiana area in the National Football League.
All summer long, we’re going to spotlight the fantastic athletes from the area, people that were actually born in one of the Acadiana parishes, that went on to play football at the highest level, the NFL.
Yesterday, we profiled Cecilia native Ramsey Dardar.
Today, we spotlight Greg LaFleur.
Born on September 16, 1958 in Lafayette, LaFleur grew up in Ville Platte, and attended Ville Platte High School.
Following his high school years, LaFleur went to college at LSU, where he caught 41 passes for 439 yards at tight end, between 1977-1980.
The 6-foot-4, 236-pound LaFleur was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 3rd round of the 1981 NFL Draft.
Following a trade, LaFleur made his NFL debut with the St. Cardinals in 1981, at the age of 23, appearing in all 16 games, including 11 as a starter, compiling 14 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
The following four seasons, from 1982-1985, LaFleur remained with the Cardinals, including 1984, when he had the best season of his career, hauling in 17 passes for 198 yards.
He split the 1985 season between the Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts, prior to retiring.
In six seasons in the NFL, LaFleur appeared in 86 games, all at tight end, including 28 as a starter.
Over that span, LaFleur accumulated 64 receptions for 729 and three touchdowns.
Following his days in the NFL, LaFleur served as the athletic director at Southern University from 2005-2011.
He was dismissed by the university after being arrested for soliciting prostitution from an undercover police officer.
LaFleur was found not guilty by a jury however, and received a wrongful termination settlement from Southern.
Today, LaFleur is 58-years old.