A number of people have represented the Acadiana area in the National Football League.

All summer long, we’re going to spotlight the fantastic athletes from the area, people that were actually born in one of the Acadiana parishes, that went on to play football at the highest level, the NFL.

Yesterday, we profiled Lafayette native Theophile Viltz.

Today, we spotlight Tony Guillory.

As far as we can tell, Guillory was the seventh person born in the Acadiana area that went on to play in the NFL and the first born in Opelousas.

Born on November 10, 1942, in Opelousas, Guillory attended Hebert High School in Beaumont, Texas, where he excelled in multiple sports.

Following high school, Guillory went to college at Nebraska, before transferring to Lamar in 1962, where he became the school's first African-American athlete.

A linebacker, Guillory received All-America honorable mention in football at Lamar, while also helping the Cardinals capture their first track title in the spring of 1963, scoring points in the shot put and discus. He also set a shot put record of 53 feet, 11¾ inches in 1963, while earning three letters in each sport.

The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Guillory was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 7th round of the 1965 NFL Draft.

Wearing #88, Guillory played three seasons (1965-1968) with the Rams, before spending his final season (1969) with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In four seasons in the NFL, Guillory appeared in 53 games, including 23 as a starter, while serving as captain of the special teams during some of his time with the Rams.

Guillory, who is age 74 today, became one of 16 pro footballers given the keys to the city of Beaumont in 1971.

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