Dorne Dibble, who played on 2 Lions title teams, dies at 88

NORTHVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Dorne Dibble, a two-way player at Michigan State who was on two Detroit Lions title teams in the 1950s, has died. He was 88.

Michigan State and the Lions confirmed Dibble’s death. He died Thursday in Northville.

Dibble played defensive end and receiver under Michigan State coach Biggie Munn. In 1950, the Spartans finished in the AP top 10 for the first time. In two seasons at Michigan State, Dibble caught 16 passes for 363 yards.

The Lions drafted Dibble in 1951. He missed the 1952 season to serve in the U.S. Air Force, then was back with the Lions from 1953-57. Dibble was part of NFL championship teams in 1953 and 1957.

In six NFL seasons, he caught 146 passes for 2,552 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Dibble was born in Adrian and inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

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