EKU Hall of Famer Tim Lester dies at age 52

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 17:11:57-05

RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) — Eastern Kentucky football Hall of Famer, Tim Lester, has passed away at the age of 52.

Lester played four seasons with the Colonels under Roy Kidd (1988-1991) as a fullback and tailback.

He finished his career with 3,640 yards rushing, currently the sixth-most all-time in program history, and scored 37 touchdowns. While at Eastern, he helped the Colonels compile a 42-8 record, win three conference titles and advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs twice. He was inducted into the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

He was drafted in the 10th round of the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams in 1992, where he helped pave the way as lead blocker for Jerome Bettis with the Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations.

Bettis, nicknamed "The Bus," referred to Lester as "The Bus Driver."

Lester last played in the NFL in 1999 with the Dallas Cowboys.