Larry Isbell was an All-American at Baylor in both football and baseball, and played professional baseball with the Boston Red Sox as well as football in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Isbell was a first round draft pick of the Washington Redskins of the NFL in the 1952 NFL college draft. While a quarterback at college, Isbell is probably best remembered in the CFL as a defensive back, and indeed he did win three West All-Stars at that position (1956, 1957 and 1958), but he was a versatile two-way performer. Isbell could fill in at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Isbell also handled the punting for the Riders in his five year career from 1954 to 1958. As a defensive back, Isbell recorded 12 interceptions and had 11 fumble recoveries. As a receiver, Isbell had 31, 28 and 27 catches in his most productive eyars offensively from 1955 to 1957 and had a total of 11 receiving touchdowns in his career. Isbell's 55 points in 1956 including 5 receiving touchdowns and was good enough for fourth in the West. As a punter, Isbell twice led the West in punting average (1954 and 1956) with 1954 being his best season with a very good 46.3 yard average. Isbell is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.Larry Isbell passed away in October, 1978.
No games played stats were kept in the West until 1964.