Tony Lorick, ASU great and Colts RB, dies at 71

Arizona State Hall of Fame member Tony Lorick, who played six seasons in the NFL, died Feb. 17 at age 71.

Arizona State University Hall of Fame member Tony Lorick, who played six seasons in the NFL, died Feb. 17 at the age of 71.


Lorick, who was inducted into ASU's Hall of Fame in 1983, rushed for a team-high 704 yards in 1962 and 805 yards in 1963 while also playing linebacker and sharing running back duties with future Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor. Lorick capped his senior season with the Sun Angel Award, presented to the player with the most athletic ability and team spirit.


Lorick was a first-round draft pick of the AFL's Oakland Raiders (seventh overall) and NFL's Baltimore Colts (22nd overall) in 1964 and ultimately signed with the Colts. He rushed for 513 yards in 1964 and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. In 1966, he ran for a career-best 524 yards. Lorick played four seasons in Baltimore and two with the New Orleans Saints before retiring in 1969. For his career, he totaled 2,124 rushing yrds, 890 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.


After football, he worked in marketing and sales in Kerrville, Texas, for Jackson Breweries and Coors.


Lorick is survived by his wife of 33 years, Yvonne Lorick, and brother Wayne Rogers.