Former Razorback captain Luplow dies

Published: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Billy Luplow, a captain on coach Frank Broyles’ first conference championship football team for the University of Arkansas in 1959, died Tuesday in Little Rock. He was 83.

Luplow, a two-way lineman, was a captain along with Barry Switzer and James Monroe on the Razorbacks’ team that went 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the Southwest Conference, sharing the league title with Texas and TCU.

The Razorbacks capped the year with a 14-7 victory over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl, the first of 10 bowl appearances for Broyles’ Razorbacks.

“The thing about Billy, he loved God, he loved his wife and he loved the Razorbacks,” said Harold Horton, the longtime Arkansas assistant coach and former executive director of the Razorback Foundation. “He really loved being part of the Razorbacks.”

Luplow, a letterman in 1958 and ’59, followed his brother Rollie, a three-year letterman from 1955-57, to the Hill from their native Parkin.


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