Image Gallery of Maxie Baughan, Linebacker, 1960-1970, 1974
Maxie Baughan had a tremendous All American career as a linebacker at Georgia Tech being named the Southeastern Conference Lineman of the Year and the Most Valuable Player in the 1960 Gator Bowl. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 1960 draft by Philadelphia and became an instant starter on the Eagles Championship team that year. In his 6 years with Philadelphia he made 1st Team All Pro in 1964 and was on the Pro Bowl team a total of 5 times. Named the Eagles Defensive MVP in 1964 and 1965.
After 6 successful seasons with the Eagles he was traded to Los Angeles where he spent 5 seasons. He continued his dominating play as he made the Pro Bowl 4 times and the All-Pro Team in 1969.
Rams linebacker Maxie Baughan on his 1968 Topps card. A Pro Bowler in 1968 he was the defensive captain of Rams squad that set an NFL record of just 3118 yards given up. He had 63 solo tackles and 4 interceptions.
Maxie Baughan 1968 Los Angeles Rams Topps NFL Football Trading Card #210
Colts field general Johnny Unitas launches a pass while under pressure from that outstanding Rams defense of the late 1960s. How many of these players can you name?
Johnny Unitas of the Colts passes against Deacon Jones, Maxie Baughan and Roger Brown of the Rams
The Eagles defense closes in on Cleveland's great fullback Jim Brown (#32). As lineman Bobby Richards (#68) goes low All-Pro Maxie Baughan (#55) and Dave Lloyd (#52) come up to assist in the stop. Browns tight end Johnny Brewer (#83) is in the background.
Maxie Baughan and crew bring down the Browns great runner Jim Brown in 1964
The starting linebacking corps of the Los Angeles Rams during the mid-1960s. Maxie Baughan (#55), Myron Pottios (#66) and Jack Pardee (#32). The Rams defense was one best during the end of the 1960s decade helping Los Angeles to 4 consecutive winning seasons from 1967 to 1970 and 2 Coastal Divisional titles. In 1971 Pottios and Pardee would follow head coach to Washington where the winning tradition would continue.
Rams Linebackers in the 1960s
His time with the Los Angeles Rams was well spent. In contrast with his days at Pittsburgh, the Rams fielded a much more successful franchise that enjoyed a winning season every year he was there as well as one of the top defenses in the NFL at the time. Here, along with team mates Maxie Baughan (#55) and Ed Meador (#21) Redskins receiver Jerry Smith is rudely brought down after a catch.
Maxie Baughan, Myron Pottios and Ed Meador of the LA Rams
Portrait of Los Angeles Linebacker Great Maxie Baughan
A Portrait of Linebacker Maxie Baughan
Rams Linebacker Maxie Baughan
Rams Linebacker Maxie Baughan
Considered by many to be one of the NFLs great linebackers not in the Hall of Fame. Made the Pro Bowl 9 out of the 12 seasons he played. Briefly returned to football in 1974 as a player coach with the George Allen of the Washington Redskins.
Maxie Baughan Los Angeles Rams Linebacker
Baughan was chosen to be the Rams defensive captain and was in charge of signal calling for the unit. He was selected for the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons with the Rams and was also named 1st Team All-Pro three times. After an injury-plagued 1970 season, in which he played in only 10 games, Baughan retired from the NFL. From 1972 to 1973, he was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech. In 1974, Allen, now the head coach of the Washington Redskins, talked Baughan into a brief return to the NFL as a player-coach for the Redskins. At the conclusion of that season, Baughan retired. He finished with 18 interceptions (including 1 returned for a touchdown) and 10 fumble recoveries in 147 games played.
Thanks to Jordan Henderson for the above description. Maxie Baughan (#55) Rushing Bob Berry (#17)
For some good additional information on Maxie Baughan:
5 Fast Facts: The Legend Of Maxie Baughan
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