The NFL family lost a terrific football player and even better person in MacArthur Lane this weekend.


The former Packer and Chief passed away Saturday afternoon at the age of 77.

​​Lane passed away in Oakland where he was born and raised, attending Fremont High School as an all-city linebacker. Lane worked in a machine shop for a couple of years before he decided to pursue his football dreams by attending Merritt College, eventually transferring to Utah State University. 


His stellar play at the collegiate level led to him being picked 13th overall in the 1968 NFL Draft, and he went on to enjoy a fruitful career.


The running back played 11 seasons in an NFL uniform as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and Kansas City Chiefs. His best season came in 1970, when he rushed for 977 yards while scoring 11 touchdowns on the season, resulting in him being named a Pro Bowler for the only time in his career.

Lane was known for his aggressive, hard-nosed style of football. Running backs tend to try to avoid the defense when trying to advance the football, but not MacArthur.


Lane was not a fan of jukes or spin moves. To get the ball over the line of scrimmage, Lane would put down his shoulder and run over everyone and anyone in his way. This led to him being nicknamed "The Truck" for his exploits.

In his retirement days, MacArthur owned and managed a rental property as well as being active within his community through volunteer work. His memory will be carried on by his wife and two daughters.