Milestones: Dec. 15, 1986

DIED. Bobby Layne, 59, fiercely competitive, party-loving Pro Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Detroit Lions to National Football League championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957 and set unsurpassed team records before finishing his 15-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers; after a long bout with liver problems, and cancer; in Lubbock, Texas. He was a dedicated carouser off field, but he was also a disciplined team leader whose skills were strongly evidenced in the last minutes of many games. His strategies helped develop what was later known as the two-minute drill. "Bobby Layne never lost a game," said Teammate Doak...

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