Yale Lary, who starred at Texas A & M before becoming a Hall of Fame defensive back with the Detroit Lions, passed away on Friday morning at the age of 86.

The Detroit Free Press called Lary "one of the best football players of his generation" in an article posted on Friday.

Lary had his pro career interrupted in 1954 due to military service.  But he returned to the Lions in 1956.  He was a key cog in the Lions' three National Football League titles during the glory days of the 1950's.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Lary is the only Texas A & M Aggie enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Lary was 86 years old.