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Cowboys Of '81: Danny Takes Over
The Danny White era had officially begun in 1980 after the somewhat unexpected retirement of Roger Staubach after the 1979 season. With a balanced roster of talent, seasoned veterans, and young and rising stars, the Cowboys had every reason to feel they were a Super Bowl contender. White led a potent offense, directing the Cowboys to a 12–4 record, good for second place in the Eastern Division. Although they were number one in the NFL on offense and number 13 on defense, the Cowboys could not overcome the superior defense of the Philadelphia Eagles, losing 20–7 on the road...
More Fun With Broadway Joe
In an earlier post, RetroCards featured the “lost Joe Namath cards.” From 1974-1978 there were no Joe Namath cards, presumably due to a lack of an agreement with the NFL Players Association (a similar predicament both Lynn Swann and Earl Campbell had). So RetroCards filled in those missing years by doing what we do best: making custom sports cards. But why stop there? Namath was such a popular player that RetroCards created another cache of cards that feature Namath cards in all four Philadelphia Gum card designs. Although Joe’s first season was in 1965, the NFL and AFL drafts were...
Ron Vander Kelen: Wisconsin Great
Badger legend Ron Vander Kelen passed away at age 76, on August 14, 2016. He was the Co-MVP (with Trojan QB Pete Beathard) in the 1963 Rose Bowl where the University of Wisconsin was defeated by USC 42–37. Down 42–14 in the fourth quarter, Vander Kelen orchestrate a comeback with 23 unanswered points but fell short in what is considered one of the greatest Bowl games of all-time. He had one more MVP performance as starter in the College All-Star Game where the College All-Stars defeated the Packers 20–17 which included Vander Kelen completing a pass to Badger teammate Pat Richter. This...
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