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Spotlight on Timmy Brown: Running Back, Singer, Actor
As an actor, Timothy Brown is seldom recognized as a former star football player. Over shadowed by other football players-turned actor like Jim Brown and Fred Williamson, “Timmy” Brown was one of the stars of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1960s. After graduating from Ball State in Indiana in 1959, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. With a glut of fine running backs already on the roster, it is hard to blame Vince Lombardi for letting Timmy Brown get away. But I will blame him anyway. Imagine a “speed back” running behind the famous Packer sweep. No other...
1970 Rams: Almost, But Not Quite
When George Allen arrived as head coach in 1966, the franchise immediately turned around, producing what was their first winning season since 1957. But having double-digit winning seasons from 1967-1969 with no Championships, tempers were boiling over and Allen was fired after 1968 only to be re-hired after an outpour of support from his players. After losing to the Vikings in the 1969 post season and missing the playoffs entirely in 1970, the Rams ownership fired Allen a second time. This was one of the top teams of the era but unfortunately couldn’t get to the Championship. RetroCards honors the...
1962 Colts: Aging Gracefully
Having won consecutive Championships in 1958 and 1959, the Baltimore Colts struggled in the following years to mount successful seasons. Despite boasting several NFL stars (John Unitas, Ray Berry, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker) and adding key veterans like Joe Perry and R.C. Owens, and moving key veterans out like Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb and Johnny Sample didn’t translate into more championships. Having dropped to 6-6 in 1960, the Colts made strides in 1961 by going 8-6. But with a limp running game and aging offensive line, the Colts fell back to 7-7, costing head coach Weeb Ewbank his job.This...
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