Former Norfolk State star, Chargers running back dead at 59

One of HBCU football’s standouts from the late 1970s and a former NFL back has passed away at the age of 59. Former Norfolk State star and San Diego Chargers running back LaRue Harrington passed away due to a heart attack on March 2nd, according to friends.

Nearly forty years after playing his last game at NSC (it was still Norfolk State College at that point) LaRue remains the school’s second all-time leading rusher with 3,659 yards. He helped Norfolk State win the last of three-straight CIAA championships as a freshman in 1976 and was a two-time All-CIAA selection and an All-American under legendary coach William “Dick” Price.

Harrington would go on to be drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He would only play in four games, but he remains one of the great Spartans of all-time.



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