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All-American Snow Passes Away

THE FLATS – Lenny Snow, the MVP of Georgia Tech’s 1965 Gator Bowl victory who went on to become a first-team all-American and member of the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, died on Sunday after a brief illness. He was 76.

Snow amassed 2,049 yards from scrimmage and 19 total touchdowns in his three seasons as a Yellow Jacket (1965-67), including 1,743 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. His 1,743 rushing yards ranked second in school history at the close of his collegiate career and still stand 24th all-time at Tech. He led the Jackets in rushing every season (597 yards in 1965, 761 in 1966 and 385 in 1967).

Snow was named MVP of the 1965 Gator Bowl after rushing for 136 yards and a score to help lead Tech to a 31-21 victory over No. 10-ranked Texas Tech. The following season, he rushed for 761 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 128 yards en route to being named first-team all-America by the Football Writers Association of America and helping lead the Yellow Jackets to a 9-2 record, an Orange Bowl berth and a No. 8 final national ranking.

Lenny Snow (41) in Georgia Tech’s 31-21 win over No. 10 Texas Tech in the 1965 Sugar Bowl

 

Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 1968 NFL Draft, but never played professionally due to injury. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.

Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland H.S.), Snow spent his adult life in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Tenn. and Trenton, Ga. and worked in the construction, real estate and precious metals industries. He is survived by his wife, Shelia, three daughters, a step-son and six grandchildren. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral service.

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