Dorne Dibble passes away at age 88

Allen Park, Mich.--Former Detroit Lions receiver Dorne Dibble, 88, passed away Thursday evening at his home in Northville, Mich.

Dibble played for the Lions for six seasons (1951, 1952-57) and was a member of the 1953 and 1957 World Championship teams. In 68 career games, he tallied 146 receptions for 2,552 yards and caught 19 touchdowns. He also recorded an interception in 1951 and totaled four fumble recoveries during his career. He had a career-year in 1954 when he caught 46 passes for 768 yards and scored six touchdowns to help the team reach the world title game for the third time in four seasons.

Following his rookie season, he missed the 1952 season to serve a stint in the U.S. Air Force.

Dibble graduated from Adrian High School in 1947 and then starred at Michigan State University as he earned All-American defensive honors in 1950. A two-way player in college, he was selected by the Lions in the third round (33rd overall) of the 1950 NFL Draft.

In 2014, Dibble was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Dibble is survived by his wife, Kristin, and daughters, Lori and Kim, along with stepchildren, Jennifer and Melissa, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, and son, Dorne, Jr.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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