An Oberlin High product, Hoyle Granger was an All-AFL fullback for the Houston Oilers in 1968 and played in the AFL All-Star Game in 1968-69. He ranks as the Oilers’ No. 2 all-time rusher with 3,514 yards (topping La. Sports Hall of Fame members Charlie Tolar and Billy Cannon and trailing only Earl Campbell), has the team’s all-time best career average of 4.5 yards per carry and scored 18 rushing touchdowns, sixth-best in franchise history. He was second in the AFL in rushing yards in 1967, fourth in 1968 and third in 1969, and first in yards from scrimmage in 1967. Granger is second to Earl Campbell with 11 100-yard rushing games in club history and is second, with Campbell, in most consecutive games scoring a TD (5). At Oberlin, he was a two-time All-State back as OHS lost in the state finals twice before winning the Class B crown in his senior year, when he was the All-State Outstanding Player, scoring 199 points and rushing for a 12.5 average per carry.
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