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One of the flashier players in the NFL in the early 70s was wide receiver Otto Stowe who got himself a Super Bowl ring as a member of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. Born in Chicago, Illinois and having left Iowa State as the all-time leader in receptions and yards, Stowe entered the NFL as a 2nd round pick of the Dolphins in 1971. Used as the main back up to Paul Warfield, Stowe had productive second year (he caught 6 passes for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns on a Monday night game) and looked like he had the tools to be...
Continuing our focus on 1965, RetroCards releases another batch of top NFL players that did not have cards in the original 1965 set. Series Two includes: Y.A. Tittle, Joe Schmidt, Gino Marchetti, Ollie Matson, Gene Hickerson, Bill George, Frank Gifford, Billy Ray Smith, Andy Robustelli, Lou Groza, Dave Kopay, Alvin Haymond, John Reger, Roy Jefferson, Walt Rock, Jackie Smith, Jack Pardee, John Wooten, Karl Kassulke, Joe Scarpati, Brian Piccolo, Joe Don Looney, and Bob Toneff. The next set in this series focuses on AFL All-Stars and fan favorites. Order here!
By 1965 the NFL had begun to fully realize the product they had. Unlike baseball, football was the perfect sport for television. Seeing the broadcast ratings increasing for both the NFL and AFL, the NFL approved expansion for a team in Atlanta for 1966. A merger with the AFL began to make sense, if only to drive down the out-of-control salaries that had escalated in the war between the two leagues. Two NFL league founders, Jack Mira (Giants) and Curly Lambeau (Packers) had passed away during 1965 but an exciting crop of rookies like Gale Sayers, Bob Hayes, and Dick...
The Cardinals had moved from Chicago to St. Louis in 1960 after years of failure and losing money. 1962 was a down season for the Cards and they posted 4-9-1 record after going 7-7 in 1961. Despite the losing record, Sonny Randle caught 16 passes for 256 yards in a single game and John David Crow scored 17 touchdowns. Rising stars like Larry Wilson, Jackie Smith, and Bobby Joe Conrad turn some heads. A new stadium was in the works for St. Louis and Cards finished with a strong 9-5 record in 1963. Injuries to backs Crow and Prentice...
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