Sam Baugh Passes Against Giants 1937
Going way back to 1937. The great Sammy Baugh gets a pass off against the New York Giants. This completion was #81 of the year for "Slingin" Sammy and it set a new NFL record at the time for pass completions. A rookie at the time, Baugh also set records for Pass Attempts, Passing Yards and Passing Touchdowns. Hos totals - 171 attempts, 81 completions, a 47.4% completion, 1127 yards and 14 touchdowns.
John Brodie Bootleg
The San Francisco 49er quarterback gets the defense to go right as he rolls out to the left.
Rich Jackson Broncos Defensive Lineman
"Unofficially" credited with 45 sacks in his 8 year NFL career.
MacArthur Lane 1976 Kansas City Chiefs
Originally a St. Louis Cardinal he also spent some time with Green Bay before playing in Kansas City for 4 seasons. Led the NFL in 1976 with 66 catches.
Tom Matte Runs Behind Dan Sullivan in 1966 Colts vs Vikings
1966 Colts and Vikings. After taking a handoff from Johnny Unitas (#19) Colts ball carrier Tom Matte (#41) gets behind blocker Dan Sullivan (#71). Vikings great Jim Marshall (#70) gives pursuit.
Sonny Jurgensen 1962 Philadelphia Eagles Quaretrback
Philadelphia's 4th round pick from Duke in 1957 he played 7 seasons for the Eagles. Here he is around 1961 when he led the NFL with 24 interceptions. He made up for that dubious honor by also leading the league with 32 touchdown passes, 3723 passing yards and making the All-Pro Team.
Jim Brown Cleveland Browns Fullback
Rushed for over 1000 yards 7 times in his 9-year NFL career. Averaged 104 yards a game rushing after 118 games. Also scored 126 total touchdowns.
Paul Hornung of the Packers Carries Against the Bears Defense in 1960
NFL action from, we think 1960. Packers great Paul Hornung carries against the Chicago Bears defense. Those players identifiable in the picture are some of the best known players in the league at the time. For Green Bay we have All Pro Forrest Gregg (#75), All Pro Paul Hornung (#5), All Pro Jim Ringo (#51), Fuzzy Thurston (#63) and All Pro Jerry Kramer (#64). For the Bears defense - Larry Morris (#33), Bill Bishop (#73), Earl Leggett (#71), Pro Bowler Doug Atkins (#81) and All Pro Bill George (#61).
Johnny Robinson Punt Return Touchdown in 1960
The Dallas Texans rookie from LSU scores on a 62-yard Punt Return against the Boston Patriots in 1960.
YA Tittle 49ers Quarterback of the 1950s
San Francisco quarterback from 1951 to 1960 - started 78 games. Left as the 49ers All-Time leader in passing yards with 16,016 yards to his credit.
San Diego Chargers Quarterback Dan Fouts
Finished his career with 43,040 passing yards with a 237.8 YPG average.
Lem Barney Intercepts a Pass Intended for Carroll Dale
Lions Hall of Famer Lem Barney picks off a pass intended for the Packers Carroll Dale.
William Andrews of the Falcons Tries to Escape Eagles Veteran Bill Bergey
The young Falcons runner William Andrews (#31) fights to elude the clutches of the Eagles veteran linebacker Bill Bergey (#66)
Rosey Brown Leads Frank Gifford | New York Giants
With Big Rosey Brown out in front to block Giants runner Frank Gifford gets ready to turn upfield.
The Pittsburgh Steeler Offense vs the Dallas Cowboys Defense during Super Bowl XIII
Two NFL Dynasties squared off in 1979 at Super Bowl XIII. It was the second time in 3 seasons the Cowboys and Steelers met for the NFL Championship. Each team already had 2 titles already and Super Bowl 13 would end with Pittsburgh outlasting Dallas 35-31. The picture here is features some of the truly great names of NFL History - In the Steelers backfield we have #20 - Rocky Bleier, #12 - MVP Terry Bradshaw and #32 - Franco Harris. On the Steelers line are #55 - John Kolb, #57 - Sam Davis, #52 - Mike Webster, #72 -Gerry Mullins & #74 Ray Pinney. On the other side of the ball we have #50 - DD Lewis, #72 - Ed "Too Tall" Jones, #63 - Larry Cole, #54 - Randy White, #56 - Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson and on the ground - Harvey Martin (#79). All total there are 4 Hall of Famers pictured. Bradshaw, Harris and Webster of the Steelers and White of the Cowboys.
Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll with QB Terry Bradshaw
One of the best Head Coach-Quarterback tandems of the 1970s. Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll with his quarterback Terry Bradshaw. Together they won 107 regular season games and 14 playoff games - that includes 4 Super Bowls. All over a 14-year span. Both are in the Hall of Fame.
The Starting Defensive Line of the 1966 Houston Oilers
The listed starting defensive line of the 1966 Houston Oilers - Don Floyd (#75), Ernie Ladd (#99), Pat Holmes (#79) & Gary Cutsinger (#80). Cutsinger is credited with leading the 66 Oilers with 5 sacks. Unfortunately the Oilers defense was one of the AFL's worst and ranked near the bottom in 1966. Greatly improved by 1967 though only Holmes remained a year later. He was named to the AFL All Stars. Ladd meanwhile would end up in Kansas City.
Jim Parker - from a 1964 Tulane Stadium Game Program
The Colts Hall of Famer featured in a game program from 1964.
Johnny Unitas from a 1964 Tulane Stadium Exhibition Game
The Hall of Famer poses for a picture posted in an Exhibition Game program from a preseason game between the Packers and Cardinals played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans before the 1964 NFL season. Unitas would make his 8th consecutive Pro Bowl that year as the Colts would advance all the way to the NFL Championship game against the Browns. The Browns would come out on top though with a dominating 27-0 thrashing of the Colts.
Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers Tackled by Bill Glass of the Cleveland Browns
Cleveland defenders led by Pro Bowler Bill Glass swarm over Packers Hall of Famer Paul Hornung. Also pictured is longtime Browns linebacker Galen Fiss (#35).
Sonny Jurgensen 1961 Philadelphia Eagles
The NFL's top quarterback in 1961 for passing yards and passing touchdowns - 3723 yards (an NFL record at the time) and 32 touchdowns. Named All-Pro.
Zeke Bratkowski Hands off to Elijah Pitts in the 1965 Packers & Colts Playoff Game
From the 1965 NFL Divisional Playoff round - Zeke Bratkowski, subbing for an injured Bart Starr hands off to Packer running back Elijah Pitts (#22) as guard Dan Grimm (#67) pulls out. The game already in overtime - It was this drive that set up Don Chandler's winning field goal to send the Packers to the NFL Championship game against the Cleveland Browns.
Paul Brown with Milt Plum on the 1961 Cleveland Browns Sideline
Cleveland Browns Head Coach is caught with quarterback Milt Plum on the Browns sideline sometime in 1961. The Browns finished 3rd in the NFL East Division with a 8-5-1 record. Plum though had a solid year though completing 58.6% of his 302 attempts for 2416 yards, 18 touchdowns and a 90.3 passer rating. Was named to a second consecutive Pro Bowl too.
Harold Jackson 1976 Los Angeles Rams
The leading receiver on the Rams squad of 1976 with 39 catches.
Nick Buoniconti in 1962 as a Boston Patriots Rookie
A rookie out of Notre Dame with the 1962 Boston Patriots. He started 13 of 14 games that season and went on to have a 14-year Hall of Fame career with the Patriots and Dolphins.
Jim Otto Lead Blocking in 1962
The Oakland Raiders sporting their black uniforms in 1962. Legendary All-AFL Center Jim Otto (#00) leads the way for runner Bo Roberson (#40). Other Raiders pictured are longtime lineman Wayne Hawkins (#65) and Dan Ficca (#69). The tangled-up Charger is none other than the great Ernie Ladd (#77).
Archie Manning on the Cover of Sports Illustrated in December of 1970
The Star of Ole Miss in the late 1960s. Here he graces the cover of Sports Illustrated in December of 1970.
Roman Gabriel 1970 Topps Football Insert Poster #3
Coming off an All Pro season the previous year Topps included the Rams signal caller in their special 8x10 poster set that featured 24 of the NFL's and AFL's top stars.
Craig Morton Hands Off to Lonnie Perrin | 1977 Denver Broncos
From Denver's magical Super Bowl run in 1977 - NFL Comeback Player of the Year Craig Morton hands off to the team's #2 rusher for that year Lonnie Perrin.
The Bears Mike Ditka
Turning up and heading into the open field after one of his 316 passes he caught with Chicago. Receiver Dick Gordon looks on from a distance.
Ken Bowman Custom McFarlane Sports Figure
Custom McFarlane Sports Figure from Hall of Customs
Deacon Jones with Rosey Grier Tackle Tony Lorick
Rams Hall of Fame Defenders from the mid-1960s, Deacon Jones and Rosey Grier combine to stop Colts runner Tony Lorick.
Ron Yary on a Fred Cox Fieldgoal Attempt
Anchoring the right side of the kicking team's Offensive line against the Cowboys in 1974. Other NFL legends pictured here are Paul Krause (#22) holding, Milt Sunde (#64) getting a piece of Jethro Pugh (#75) and Rayfield Wright (#70) extending to try to block Cox's kick. The Vikings won this contest 23-21.
Myron Pottios 1964 Steelers Pro Bowl
1964 Pro Bowler
Steve Young as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback
Leaving the USFL behind when he was chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 1st pick of the NFL's 1984 Supplemental draft. He stayed in Tampa only 2 seasons. Credited with only 3 victories those 2 years he was sacked 68 times.
Frankie Albert under pressure from Andy Robustelli |1951 49ers vs Rams
1951 49er-Rams contest. Ram defenders Don Paul (#57) and rookie Andy Robustelli (#84) put the heat on 49ers QB Frankie Albert (#63).
Leo Nomellini Tackles Dan Towler | 1950 49ers versus Rams
Classic image of 2 NFL Greats pictured as Rookies in 1950. Leo Nomellini of Minnesota University, 1st-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers wraps up 25th-round Los Angeles Rams pick Dan Towler. Nomellini played 14 seasons in San Francisco and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. Towler had a shorter NFL career, only 6 years, but even after almost 70 years still ranks as the Rams #7 All Time Career Leading Rusher.
1956 Frank Gifford Touchdown Catch
The 1956 NFL MVP catches 1 of his 4 touchdowns that year.
Cowboys Chuck Howley & Leroy Jordan Put Pressure on Packers Quarterback Scott Hunter
Cowboy linebacking legends Chuck Howley (#54) & Lee Roy Jordan (#55) force Packers quarterback Scott Hunter (#16) to get rid of the ball.
Chuck Howley Dallas Cowboys
15 years in the NFL, 6 Pro Bowls, 5 All-Pro Teams, Super Bowl Champ 1971, Super Bowl V MVP --- but not in the Hall of Fame.
Ben Davidson & Gus Otto of the Raiders Zero in on Bills Rookie Bobby Burnett
AFL action, probably from 1966. Bills Rookie runner Bobby Burnett (#21) tries to get outside of Raiders defenders Gus Otto (#34) and Ben Davidson (#83).
Cornelius Bennett Alabama Player
Before he was a member of the Buffalo Bills he was a top draft prospect at Alabama.
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.