Mark Jackson Denver Broncos Wide Receiver
As of 2020 still ranked as the Denver Broncos #12 All-Time Leading Receiver with 276 catches.
Cowboys Super Bowl QB Roger Staubach
The 2-time Super Bowl winner also made the Pro Bowl 6 times in his 11-year NFL career
RC Owens in 1957
The 49ers legend does the "Alley Oop" between 2 defenders in 1957.
Colts Head Coach Weeb Ewbank confronts Sam Huff during the 1958 NFL Championship Game
Tempers flare during the 1958 NFL Championship game as Colts head coach Weeb Ewbank has words with Giants linebacker Sam Huff after Huff tackled Colts receiver Raymond Berry. Ewbank felt Huff knee'd Berry as he was down. Ewbank took a swing at Huff striking him in the facemask.
Vikings Runner Chuck Foreman in 1974
From the Vikings team of 1974. Getting behind the blocking of offensive lineman Andy Maurer (#66) the Pro Bowl runner turns the corner against the Rams. Foreman led the team in rushing with 777 yards, 53 catches and a total of 15 touchdowns.
Raiders running Back Marcus Allen
The Hall of Famer still holds the best ever rushing season for the Raiders franchise - his 1759 yards in 1984 has yet to be topped.
Herb Adderley 6 Time NFL Champion
Hall of Fame Defensive Back was on a total of 6 NFL Championship teams - 5 with the Packers and 1 with the Cowboys.
Gary Anderson 1986 Chargers Pro Bowler
A Pro Bowler is 1986 he had 80 catches as a Chargers running back - that ranked 6th best in the league.
Steelers Great Joe Greene evades the Raiders Jim Otto and Zeroes in on Runner Charlie Smith
Steelers great "Mean" Joe Greene gets around the block of Raiders legend Jim Otto as he sets his sights on running back Charlie Smith.
Baltimore Colts Quarterback Bert Jones
Played a total of 102 games for the Colts from 1973 to 1981. Made the All-Pro team in 1976 when he led the NFL with 3104 passing yards.
Doug Williams Super Bowl XXII MVP Quarterback
Named Super Bowl XXII MVP after a 340 yard, 4 touchdown blowout of the Denver Broncos in 1988
Doug Flutie New Jersey Generals Quarterback
Winning the 1984 Heisman Award while passing for over 10,000 career yards at Boston College he was largely ignored by the NFL due his 5-foot-9 175-pound physical build. Accepted by the USFL he inked a deal worth $7 million with the new league's New Jersey Generals - the largest contract ever signed by a professional rookie athlete at the time. His lone season with the Generals saw him finishing with 2109 yards, 13 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, a 47.7% completion percentage and a QB Rating of 67.8.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Bobby Layne throws against the Cleveland Browns defense in 1960
NFL legend Bobby Layne, formerly of the Detroit Lions but now playing with Pittsburgh gets set to fire a pass against the Cleveland Browns defense in 1960. Also pictured are Steelers Dan James (#55) and John Henry Johnson (#35). For the Browns is Galen Fiss (#35).
Frank Gifford in 1956 | NY Giants Against the Philadelphia Eagles
1956, Giants and Eagles. New York Giants legend Frank Gifford gets a head of steam as he hits a hole in the Philadelphia Eagles defense. Gifford was the 1956 NFL MVP leading the league with 1422 Total Yards from Scrimmage. Pictured along with Gifford are fellow Giants Bill Austin (#60) & Mel Triplett (#33). Eagles identified are Tom Scott (#82), Wayne Robinson (#52) & Sid Youngelman (#73).
NFL Legends Jim Brown and Joe Schmidt
Two Legends from the Old School days of Pro Football. Detroit Lions linebacker Joe Schmidt (#56) moves in to stop Cleveland Browns Great Jim Brown (#32).
Both men are in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Jets Receiver Don Maynard Working Against Alvin Wyatt of the Buffalo Bills
The #1 receiver in Jets history with 627 catches, 11,327 yards and 88 touchdowns, Don Maynard is defended against by Bills defender Alvin Wyatt.
Tommy Nobis of the Falcons Tackles the Colts Lenny Moore
An on-field clash of NFL Hall of Famers of the mid-60s. Falcons middle linebacker Tommy Nobis wraps up Colts runner Lenny Moore. Also pictured are Chuck Sieminski, #77 of the Falcons and Bob Vogel, #72 of the Colts.
Bill Glass Brings Down Sonny Jurgensen
Sonny Jurgensen of the Washington Redskins is brought down by Cleveland Browns veteran defensive end Bill Glass.
Paul Krause Tackles Rocky Blier in Super Bowl IX
Vikings defenders Paul Krause (#22) and Jeff Wright (#23) bring down Steelers runner Rocky Blier (#20) after Blier rips off a 13-yard gain in Super Bowl IX. Blier had 65 yards rushing in the 16-6 Steelers NFL Championship victory.
Redskins Larry Brown vs Broncos in 1974
Making 1 of his 5 catches in the Redskins win over Denver in 1974.
Billy Johnson 1974 Houston Oilers Return Man
A 15th-round draft pick from Widener University this picture is from his rookie season of 1974. Had 1664 All-Purpose Yards and 3 touchdowns. The majority of his production came from special teams but he still had 29 passes caught for 388 yards.
49ers QB John Brodie Runs Behind the Blocking of R.C. Owens in 1960
Running behind the blocking of wide receiver RC Owens in 1960. The Bears Joe Fortunato (#31) closes in.
Tony Casillas Rushing Phil Simms
The Giants quarterback eludes the efforts of Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas - with help from offensive lineman Doug Riesenberg.
George Blanda Kicking as Kenny Stabler Holds in 1975
2 of Pro Footballs All-Time Greats. Kenny Stabler holds while the timeless George Blanda kicks the winning fieldgoal in the 1975 overtime win over Washington.
Paul Hornung 1962 Green Bay Packers NFL
The Golden Boy - already 6 years into his career in this 1962 photo.
Dallas Texans Defensive Back Johnny Robinson in 1961
Inducted into the Fall of Fame in 2019 he was one of the AFL's top defenders during the league's 10-year existence. He finished his career with 57 interceptions.
Dallas Texans Runner Abner Hayes in 1961
From a 1961 publication previewing the upcoming football season. In 1961 he would lead the Texans with 841 yards and score a total of 12 touchdowns.
Dick Lynch, Rosey Grier & Sam Huff of the 1961 NY Giants Defense
1961 New York Giants Defense in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dick Lynch (#22), Rosey Grier (#76) & Sam Huff (#70) swarm over the Steelers Hall of Fame runner John Henry Johnson - recognizable only by the number on his helmet. Also shown are the Giants Cliff Livingston (#89) and the Steelers Dan James (#55). The unidentified Giant behind Grier may be Dick Nolan (#25).
Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Bobby Mitchell
Making a touchdown catch over Cardinals great Jerry Stovall. In all he scored 91 TDs in his 11-year career, 53 of those as a Redskin.
Ron Mix 1961 San Diego Chargers Offensive Tackle
The Charger's Hall of Fame Offensive Tackle in 1961.
Lions Rookie Gail Cogdill Makes a TD Catch in 1960
The Lions legendary receiver shown here during his rookie year of 1960 as he scores his first NFL touchdown on a 7-yard pass from Earl Morrall. In 9 seasons with the Lions he had 28 TD catches.
Joe Theismann as a Sophomore Quarterback with Notre Dame in 1968
The Washington Redskins quarterback shown here as a quarterback during his sophomore year at Notre Dame. This picture comes from 1968 when he filled in for an injured Terry Hanratty and the Fighting Irish played top ranked USC to a 21-21 tie.
Alex Karras 1964 Detroit Lions
From 1964 after he had just returned from his 1-year suspension for gambling.
Joe Namath on the Cover of Sports Illustrated in December of 1968
As the showdown between the NFL and AFL was approaching the brash and outspoken quarterback of the Jets was featured on the cove of the December 9, 1968 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Jim Marshall of the Vikings Pressures Bob Griese as Wayne Moore Blocks
A showdown of 2 of the NFL's powerhouses of the 70s - The Dolphins Bob Griese unloads a pass under the pressure of the Vikings Jim Marshall. Dolphins lineman Wayne Moore blocking.
Dan Hampton Chicago Bears Hall of Fame
Hall of Famer from the 1980s decade. Major player in one of the NFL's most dominate defenses ever. Credited with 57 sacks in his career, ranks #3 on the Bears All-Time sacks list.
Mike Ditka Blocks for Johnny Morris | Chicago Bears
One of the most physical tight ends to ever play the game, here he takes out a defender to spring Bear's receiver Johnny Morris.
Jim Brown as a Syracuse Runner in the 1957 Cotton Bowl
From the 1957 Cotton Bowl between Syracuse and Texas Christian University. A 28-27 win by TCU. Brown was the game's MVP scoring 21 of the Orangemen's 27 points rushing for 3 touchdowns and kicking 2 xtra-points while rushing for 132 yards.
Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Raiders
One year as a Raider - in 1992 he rushed for 729 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Bob Lilly Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame Defensive Lineman
Los Angeles Rams Defensive Hall of Famer Deacon Jones
Unofficially, he is credited with 173.5 sacks. That would rank him #3 among All-Time defensive players.
YA Tittle as the 1961 New York Giants Quarterback
One of the most respected quarterbacks in NFL History. The above picture, from the 1961 season - he has just been traded to the New York Giants.
He ended up with league MVP honors passing for over 2200 yards as he led the Giants to an Eastern Division title.
Visible in the foreground are #80, Joe Walton and #79, Hall of Famer Rosey Brown.
Bart Starr, Fuzzy Thurston & Norm Masters of the 1961 Green Bay Packers
NFL Champions in 1961. Here are Packers Quarterback Bart Starr (#15) with offensive lineman Fuzzy Thurston (#63) & Norm Masters (#78).
Don Meredith as an SMU Mustang
During his 3 seasons as the starting quarterback at Southern Methodist University he was the Southwest Conference's leading passer. Al-American in 1958 & 1959.
Bobby Layne Detroit Lions in 1956
6-time Pro Bowler won 3 NFL Championships with the Detroit Lions.
Offensive Guard Larry Little of the Dolphins
Hall of Fame Guard with the Miami Dolphins 12 seasons. 5 All Pro Teams, 5 Pro Bowl seasons, 2 Super Bowl wins.
Nick Buoniconti Dolphins Middle Linebacker
3-time Pro Bowler during his 7 seasons with the Dolphins.
Miami Dolphins Quarterback Bob Griese
Miami's 14-year veteran quarterback. 2 Super Bowl victories and 8 Pro Bowls.
Marcus Allen's 74 Yard Touchdown Run in Super Bowl XVIII
After shaking off the efforts of Redskin defender Ken Coffey Allen rips offs a record setting 74-yard touchdown run id Super Bowl XVIII.
Lenny Moore in 1957 against Rams
The Colts Hall of Famer makes a 17-yard gain against the Rams in a 1957 contest. Moving in to stop him are defenders Will Sherman (#43) and Art Hauser (#65).
Billy Cannon, Houston Oilers versus Los Angeles Chargers - 1960 AFL
The former Heisman Trophy winner stands to deliver a pass against the Los Angeles Chargers in AFL action from 1960. Blocking for Cannon is fellow rookie Bob Talamini (#61) who would play 8 seasons with the Oilers and finish his career with the Jets in Super Bowl III. The on-coming Chargers are former NFL veteran Volney Peters (#70) and Rommie Loudd (#51). The Oilers would end the year as the 1960 AFL Champions.
Ron McDole Buffalo Bills Defensive Tackle 1963 to 1970
18-year veteran spent 8 years with the Buffalo Bills.
Billy Kilmer, Sonny Jurgensen and Len Hauss of the Washington Redskins
Redskins Quarterbacks Billy Kilmer and Sonny Jurgensen with Pro Bowl center Len Hauss
Redskins Head Coach George Allen with his 1975 Defensive Line
Redskins Head Coach George Allen pictured in 1975 with his Defensive Line - Dave Butz (#65), Dennis Johnson (#61), Verlon Biggs (#86), Ron McDole (#79), Dennis Johnson (#77), Manny Sistrunk (#64), Head Coach George Allen and Diron Talbert (#72)
John Gilliam Saints vs Boston Patriots 1968 AFL/NFL Preseason
Early AFL/NFL Inter League preseason action. Second-year receiver John Gilliam of the Saints battles for a pass against Jay Cunningham of the Boston Patriots in this picture from 1968.
Bobby Mitchell Catches a Pass from Milt Plum | Cleveland Browns
Old School NFL - 1961! Browns halfback Bobby Mithcell takes off after taking in a pass against Pittsburgh. Steelers defender Dicky Moegle moves in after hurdling Browns blocker Dick Schafrath (#77). 1961 would be Mitchell's last season with Cleveland as he joined Washington in 1962.
Ram QB Roman Gabriel & Ronald Reagan with a Young Rams Fan
Shown here with Ronald Reagan the Rams quarterback takes a minute to show a young Rams fan some passing pointers.
Fred Glick of the Houston Oilers Moves in on Keith Lincoln of the Chargers
2 of the unsung heroes of the AFL. Houston Oilers All-Star Defensive Back moves in to stop Chargers All-Star fullback Keith Lincoln.
Defensive Back Terry Schmidt and Linebacker Doug Buffone Chicago Bears
Chicago Bear Defenders Terry Schmidt (#44) and Doug Buffone (#55)
Milt Plum gets behind the Blocking of Dick Schafrath and John Morrow
Taken from the early 1960s Browns quarterback Milt Plum gets behind the blocking of center John Morrow (#56) as Dick Schafrath (#77) takes Billy Ray Smith (#77) of the Steelers out of the play.
Del Shofner with the 1961 New York Giants
We think this image is from 1961 his after leaving the Rams and joining New York. He ended up the season as the Giants leading receiver as well as #2 in the league for receiving yards and #3 in catches. Good enough for 1st-Team NFL All-Pro.
His 1961 stats: 68 catches - 1125 yards - 16.5 YPC 11 TDs
Ollie Matson and Jon Arnett with the 1961 Los Angeles Rams
Pictured here with future Hall of Famer Ollie Matson the shifty Rams runner carries outside. A Pro-Bowler in 1961 he gained 609 yards and scored 4 touchdowns.
Jim Brown carries against the Giants in 1961
The Browns great runner takes a hand off from Quarterback Milt Plum (#16) and gets ready to go through a huge hole in the Giants defense. In front of Brown is All-Pro guard Jim Ray Smith (#64) and Ray Renfro (#26) at far right. Giants defenders pictured are Rosey Greer (#76, Andy Robustelli (#81), Jim Katcavage (#75) & Cliff Livingston (#89).
Paul Hornung Scores Against the 49ers in 1960
As the Packer offensive line takes out the 49er defenders Paul Hornung takes a handoff from quarterback Lamar McHan and dive over for a Green Bay score.
Steve Largent Seahawks Receiver
7 Pro Bowls in his 14-year career in Seattle. 819 catches, 13089 yards and 100 TDs.
Joe Schmidt of the Detroit Lions Sacks Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers in 1962
From the 1962 Thanksgiving Day win over the Pack - the Lions Legendary Linebacker brings down Bart Starr.
Steve Atwater 1991 Denver Broncos
From 1991, a Pro Bowler and All-Pro selection. He had 5 picks and was credited with 150 tackles.
Don Hutson in the 1938 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants
From the 1938 NFL Title Game against the New York Giants. The Giants pulled it out 23-17.
An All-Pro that season he lead the NFL with 548 yards in receptions and 9 touchdown catches. His 32 catches were ranked second.
Bears Great Mike Ditka 1961 to 1966
Played 6 seasons as a Bear and when he left in 1966 he was the #2 All-Time Bears leader for receptions.
Totaled 316 catches, 4503 yards and 34 touchdowns. 5 Pro Bowls and 2 All-Pro selections.
Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Don Meredith
Dallas Cowboys Quarterback from 1960 to 1968. Made the Pro Bowl 3 times.
Archie Manning New Orleans Saints Quarterback 1971-1982
Arguably the only consistently positive aspect of the Saints teams of the early 1970s.
Matt Snell of the NY Jets scores in Super Bowl III
Super Bowl III - Jets and the Colts. Here he scores the first points of the game, a 4-yard run in the 2nd quarter to give the Jets a lead they would never gave up. All in all he ended up with 121 yards rushing, 4 catches and 40 yards receiving.
Earl Campbell Houston Oilers Rookie in 1978
Led the NFL in rushing as a rookie in 1978. 1450 yards, 13 rushing touchdowns and a 4.8 YPC average.
Roger Staubach and Jackie Smith of the Dallas Cowboys in 1978
The Hall of Fame tight end and Quarterback played together for 1 season in 1978. Smith came out of retirement and served primarily as a blocking tight end with the Cowboys for their Super Bowl run that year.
Deacon Jones against the Raiders Bob Brown in 1971
1971 action - going up against Bob Brown, the Pro Bowl tackle of the Raiders.
Brett Favre says hello to Reggie White, now a Panther
A meeting between Favre and former team mate Reggie White as a Carolina Panther. They won a Super Bowl together after the 1996 season.
Reggie White of the Packers Rushing Troy Aikmen of the Cowboys
Packers Great Reggie White applies pressure to Cowboys Hall of Fame Quarterback Troy Aikmen.
Doug Atkins 1968 Workout Ad
If you've ever wondered how Doug Atkins got so strong it was because he worked out with the Astro-Gym! From a 1968 ad when he was nearing the end of his career in New Orleans.
The Big Cat - Ernie Ladd of the San Diego Chargers
The Big Cat - From Grambling he played 5 seasons with the Chargers. 3 time AFL All-League and 4 times AFL All-Star.
Jim Nance Carries Against Saints | 1968 Preseason
In 1968 Exhibition action against the New Orleans Saints. Les Kelly (#30) hangs on while Dave Whitsell (#23) moves in.
Bobby Layne NFL Quarterback
Colts Quarterback Bert Jones
The Colts 1st round draft pick of 1973. Played 9 seasons in Baltimore.
Pittsburgh's Franco Harris
8 1,000-plus yard rushing seasons in his 13-year NFL career. 91 touchdowns and a 4.1 yard life-time YPC average.
Wes Chandler TD Catch in 1981
Originally a 1st-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1978 he stayed with the Saints until the first few weeks of 1981. Here he is during that final season as a Saint making a Touchdown catch against Houston in an exhibition game in the Super Dome.
Kermit Alexander LA Rams Defensive Back
After 7 years with the 49ers he spent 1970 and 1971 with the Rams where he continued his solid play getting 7 picks and scoring 2 touchdowns on interception returns.
Buffalo Bills Ron McDole on the Sidelines
One of Pro Football's All-Time legends. A career that spanned for 16 seasons between the AFL and NFL he was a part of 2 of professional football's best defenses. The Bills of the 1960s and the Redskins of the early 1970s.
A Drawing of Jim Taylor by Artist Robert Riger
A sketch of the Packer great done by renowned sports artist of the 1960s Robert Riger. Thanks to the Robert Riger Living Trust for this image.
Rams Runner Eric Dickerson
The NFL's most yards rushing in a single season record holder. 2105 yards rushing in 1984.
Defender Doug Atkins New Orleans Saints
The last 3 years of a 15 year Hall of Fame career were spent in New Orleans with the newly formed New Orleans Saints. Despite a lack of wins the Saints bolstered a feisty hard-hitting defense led by the veteran.
Chuck Bednarik Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker 1949 to 1962
YA Tittle with Frank Gifford New York Giants
2 aging stars in the twilight of their careers. In 1961 YA Tittle joined the Giants and when Gifford rejoined the team in 1962 both men retired after the 1964 campaign. During that period from 1961 to 1964 the Giants won 3 East Divisional Titles while Tittle proved his career was hardly over with 3 Pro Bowl selections and making the All-Pro team 1962 and 1963. Gifford returned in 1962 after sitting out a year following that hellacious hit he received from Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik as a receiver. He made the Pro Bowl in 1963.
Oakland Raiders Center Jim Otto
The only All-League Center the AFL ever had. Considered by many to be one of the best offensive lineman ever.
Oakland Raiders All Pro Gene Upshaw
The 7-time Pro Bowler played 15 seasons for the Oakland Raiders.
Photo from the Man in Sport Photo Exhibit | Johnny Unitas going against the Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship
One of the photos from Sports Photographer Bob Riger's Man in Sport Photo Exhibit. This one is taken from the 1958 NFL Championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants. The Giants rush appears halted as the Colts signal caller sets to throw downfield.
Other Colts pictured along with Unitas are #63 - Art Spinney, #50 - Buzz Nutter, #60 - George Prias and #35 - Alan Ameche. For New York #77 - Dick Modzelewski looks on as Jim Katcavage leaps with out stretched arms.
Johnny Unitas Sacked by Deacon Jones and Rosey Grier in 1966
The Hall of Fame quarterback is brought down by Rams legend Deacon Jones as Rosey Grier comes in to support.
Roman Gabriel 1969 NFL MVP
The NFL MVP of 1969 he guided the Rams to an 11-3 record along with a Coastal Divisional title. Leading the league with 24 touchdown passes he only threw 7 interceptions in 399 passing attempts.
Chuck Bednarik in Pass Defense Against Paul Hornung
The Eagles Hall of Fame linebacker separates Packer great Paul Hornung from the ball. Jim Taylor (#31) looks on.
Joe Perry picks up yardage against the Green Bay Packers in 1958
The 49ers Hall of Famer picks up some yards against the Green Bay Packer Defense in 1958 NFL action.
Sam Huff on the New York Giants Sideline in 1959
The Hall of Fame middle linebacker on the New York Giants Sideline sometime in 1959. That season the Giants made it to the NFL Championship game against the Colts. Huff was named to the Pro Bowl team.
Del Shofner 1964 New York Giants
From the 1964 offseason. This particular image came from a exhibition season program between the Packers and Cardinals played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.