LeBeau reflects on his record of durability as a cornerback in a profile in the Trib:
LeBeau had more interceptions than all but two players in NFL history when he retired in 1972. He still holds the NFL record for consecutive starts by a cornerback (171), and that is the accomplishment of which he is most proud when it comes to his playing days.
“I think it’s a reflection of the character of the individual,” said LeBeau, who signed with the Lions in 1959 after the Browns cut him. “I think everyone can identify with the fact that of all those games there had to be several where you didn’t feel much like playing football. I’m just proud that I could go out there and play and that it was important for me to be on the field. Do what you can do to the best of your ability on a daily basis. I think that is what life is all about.”