Coy Bacon dies at 66

Published 11:06 am Monday, December 22, 2008

The Ironton Tribune has learned that former NFL All-Pro Coy Bacon died this morning at his Ironton residence. He was 66.

After playing football for Ironton High School and Jackson State, Bacon began his professional career as a member of the Continental Football League’s Charleston team. But in 1968, he moved to the NFL when he was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams.

He later played for the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins. He was a Pro Bowler in 1972, 1976 and 1977. According to, the NFL did not officially begin compiling statistics on sacks until 1982. Bacon unofficially recorded 26 sacks during the 1976 season, which would be considered an all-time record, and researchers credit Bacon with a career total of 130.

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He finished his career with the Washington Federals of the USFL in 1983. He later became a motivational speaker and moved back to Ironton.