Razorback Legend Loyd Phillips Passes Away

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On December 27, 2020, former defensive end and tackle Loyd Phillips passed away due
to complications of a stroke. The University of Arkansas Razorbacks lost two time Football All
American (1965-1966) Loyd Phillips, Phillips was a Longview, Texan who played along side
Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Jones and others under legendary Razorback Coach Frank Broyles during
the 1960’s in the Southwest Conference. Loyd Phillips was a star defensive tackle on the 1964
National Team that took Arkansas to some of the greatest games in Razorback history. One game
in particular was the 1964 Cotton Bowl National Championship against Nebraska when the Hogs
won the game 10-7. While Philips anchored the Arkansas defense during his years at
Fayetteville, the Razorbacks kept a record of 29-3. He made 304 tackles during his celebrated
career at Arkansas, and helped lead the 1964 famous 11-0 undefeated National Championship
season.


Phillips became the second Razorback to win the 1966 Outland Trophy. Bud Brooks was
the first to take the award in 1954. Phillips was named the Top Interior Lineman when he won
the Outland Trophy. In 1992, he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Honors. It was
not only the Razorbacks that praised Loyd Phillips in his post NCAA career. In 1992, Phillips
was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest
Conference Hall of Fame, and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2001.


After playing in a legendary era for Arkansas football, Loyd Philips became a first-round
pick for the 1967 NFL draft. He was the tenth player drafted, and signed with the Chicago Bears
in 1969. Phillips finally ended his football career after being traded to the New Orleans Saints for
one season. When ending his football career, Loyd returned to the University of Arkansas to
complete his master’s degree in secondary education. He then served in administration and as
principle for Springdale and Rogers schools for 37 years. His son, Mackenzie Phillips, also
played for the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1988-1991. Loyd Phillips is a college football legend
that will be missed. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, Hunter Yurachek, recently stated
that “Loyd Phillips was a ferocious competitor for Coach Frank Broyles in what was a truly
golden era of Razorback Football. As his accomplishments attest, he established himself among
the best to ever play college football.” It is a true honor that Arkansas’s No. 70, Loyd Phillips,
played on Frank Broyles Field.

Phillips is survived by his wife Betsy, and their son Mackenzie, who also played football for the Razorbacks from 1988-91. He is also survived by his younger brother Terry Don Phillips, who played for the Razorback from 1966-69 and is a former administrator with Razorback Athletics and the Razorback Foundation.

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