‘Little Lock’ to be inducted tonight

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 8, 2014

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Lamar “Fred” Locklier played on both sides of the ball for Andalusia. | Courtesy photo

Lamar “Fred” Locklier was a hard-nosed, intense and tenacious football player.

That’s how Locklier’s son, Brant, described the former Andalusia quarterback and halfback who will be inducted into the 2014 class of the AHS Football Hall of Fame tonight.

“He was one of those players who was very intense,” Brant said about his father, who still lives in Andalusia. “He’d tell me stories that when he’d go to line up across from them, he told them that he was going to ‘whip’ them. He was tenacious, and was one of those players who could fill in wherever the needed him to fill in.”

Locklier, who was called “Little Lock” in his playing days, played for AHS from 1945-1947. He was co-captain for Andalusia’s 1947 team, which went 10-0. Three years ago, the 1947 team, which was the school’s first undefeated and untied team, was inducted into the high school’s HOF.

Brant said a memory that his father shared quite often was when Opp scored on the Bulldogs during the 1947 season. The only other team that scored on AHS was Troy. The Bulldogs outscored their opponents 290-13 that year.

“He really hated that,” Brant said. “He’s most proud of that team that went undefeated that year and only gave up 13 points.”

Additionally, Locklier played on defense for AHS at the nose guard.

During his 1947 season, Locklier rushed for 487 yard on 72 carries. He surpassed 2010 HOF inductee Charles Little, who had 427 yards rushing.

In 1948, Locklier received a scholarship offer to play football at Florida State, but declined with hopes of playing at the University of Kentucky with his teammate, Edwin Burnett, 2011 HOF inductee.

Kentucky, however, didn’t offer Locklier a scholarship. He joined the Army and during the Korean War.

Locklier is married to Janie, and both have four boys — Brant, Jim, Tom and Dale.