Tuesday, February 28, 2023
RIP - Gary Pettigrew
Monday, December 26, 2022
RIP - Pete Liske
Monday, October 3, 2022
RIP - Herb Lusk
Sunday, September 18, 2022
RIP - Guy Morriss
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
RIP - Various Eagles
Player Position Died Eagles Tenure Charlie Johnson NT 08/13/2021 1977-1981 Mike Pitts DT 11/04/2021 1987-1992 Claude Humphrey DE 12/03/2021 1979-1981 John Madden T 12/28/2021 1958 Charles Johnson WR 07/17/2022 1999-2000
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Pete Liske was the Eagles' starting QB in 1971 and part of 1972, but with the acquisition of Roman Gabriel, he was released.
Norm Bulaich gained 436 yards in his first of two seasons with the Eagles.
Harold Jackson played 4 seasons for the Eagles (leading the NFL in receiving in '69 and '72), but was traded to the Rams for Roman Gabriel.
Ben Hawkins started the first 4 games, then was traded to the Browns for DE Joe Jones.
Mark Nordquist is once again designated as a center by Topps, but he was the starting right guard.
Jim Skaggs was a reserve, after many years as the starting right guard.
Wade Key was the starting left tackle for 2 seasons, but moved to left guard in 1973.
Steve Smith moved from right tackle in '72 to left tackle in '73 to accommodate rookie Jerry Sisemore.
Tom Dempsey was the Birds' kicker from midway through the '71 season through the '74 season.
Mel Tom was the starting right end from 1968-72. After 4 games in '73 he was traded to the Bears.
Ernie Calloway was a starter in his first 3 seasons ('69, '70, '71) but only played 5 games in 1972. He and Leroy Keyes were shipped off to the Chiefs before the 1973 season.
Don Hultz was the starter at left end for 3 seasons (65-67) and left tackle for 3 more (70-72), but only played 3 games in 1973.
Steve Zabel was the Eagles' #1 pick in the 1970 draft. After 1 season as a tight end he was moved to linebacker. He played some middle linebacker one season, but was mostly the starting left LB from '71 to '74.
Ron Porter was a starting outside linebacker from 1969-72, but was traded to the Vikings before the 1973 season.
Al Nelson was the starting left cornerback for the Eagles from 1965 to midway through 1973.
Nate Ramsey played for the Eagles from 1963-72. He was a starting safety from 65-70, and starting right corner in '64, '71, and '72.
Leroy Keyes was the Eagles' #1 pick in 1969. After 2 years at HB and 2 at SS, he was traded to the Chiefs before the 1973 season.
Bill Bradley joined the Eagles in 1969, and was their starting free safety (and sometimes punter) from 1971-76. He was their best defensive player until the arrival of Bill Bergey in 1974.
John Reaves was the Eagles' #1 pick in 1972. He started half the games as a rookie, then backed up Roman Gabriel in 1973.
Roman Gabriel was acquired in the off-season for Harold Jackson. He was the starting QB for 3 seasons (73-75), then backed up Mike Boryla ('76) and Ron Jaworski ('77).
Rick Arrington was the Eagles' backup QB from 1970-72, but was not on the team in '73.
Tom Sullivan was a rookie in 1972. He was the starting halfback from 1973 to 1977, before giving way to Wilbert Montgomery. He led the NFL with 11 rushing TDs in 1974.
Larry Watkins played for the Eagles from 1970-72, and was their starting fullback for 8 games in 1972.
Harold Carmichael was a rookie in 1971. After 2 seasons as the 3rd WR and sometimes-starting tight end, he replaced the departed Harold Jackson as a starting wideout, and led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards in 1973. He played in every game from 1973-81, starting all but 1 of them.
Charle Young was a 1st-round pick for the Eagles in 1973, scoring 6 TDs as a rookie.
7/29 EDIT: Added starting lineup list below (to 1967 - 1972 Eagles posts too)
All players are not listed in the labels below. Blogger has a max of 200 characters for the labels. :(
Saturday, July 9, 2022
In 1972, Topps expanded their set from 2 to 3 series, although the 3rd series was the "high numbers" and were hard to find. I had most of the cards in the first 2 series in 1972, but didn't get any 3rd series cards until a few years ago (and only have Eagles' punter Tom McNeil from that series, if I recall correctly).
The Eagles regressed in 1972 to 2-11-1 after winning 6 games in 1971. Owner Leonard Tose finally tired of his team's wallowing in mediocrity and at season's end fired GM Pete Retzlaff and head coach Ed Khayat. In addition to a new GM and coach for 1973, there would be a new QB and better drafting.
But, here's the best the 1972 team could offer. The only quality players here were Harold Jackson and Bill Bradley. Maybe Tom Dempsey too.
Pete Liske was in his 2nd of 2 years with the Eagles, but by mid-season lost the starting job to rookie John Reaves.
Harold Jackson led the NFL in receiving, then was dealt to the Rams for QB Roman Gabriel.
Mark Nordquist was actually the starting right guard, but Topps has him listed as a center.
Henry Allison was one of the stiffs the Eagles wasted a high draft pick on in 1971. He started at left guard mostly out of necessity, not skill.
Tom Dempsey joined the Eagles midway through the 1971 season.
Steve Zabel was the Birds' #1 pick in 1970. After a season as the backup tight end, he switched to outside linebacker in 1971. Topps hadn't caught up yet.
Leroy Keyes was the Eagles' #1 pick in 1969. After losing the O.J. Simpson sweepstakes, they chose Keyes ahead of Joe Greene and other outstanding players. Keyes was a bust at halfback, then switched to strong safety for his final 2 years in Philly.
Bill Bradley was the Eagles' free safety and punter for most of the early-1970s, and the only real bright spot on defense until Bill Bergey arrived in 1974.
Tom McNeill - Topps is only going to make 9 cards per team, and uses one of them for a punter?
Friday, July 1, 2022
The 1971 Eagles finished with a 6-7-1 record. On the surface that seems like a great improvement from the previous season's 3-10-1 last place finish, but it mattered little because in 1972 they returned to last place with a 2-11-1 record. What a roller coaster!
These are the cards for the 1971 Eagles. You may be wondering why there is no quarterback card. Long-time veteran Norm Snead was traded to the Vikings in the off-season, and appears on a Vikings card (but in an Eagles' jersey). Snead was replaced by CFL quarterback Pete Liske, but not until just before training camp.
Aside from not including a quarterback, the position allocation seems a little strange here: 3 running backs, 2 wide receivers (including kick returner Billy Walik instead of veteran starter Ben Hawkins), no offensive linemen, and no middle linebacker.
Except for Tom Woodeshick, Harold Jackson, and Tim Rossovich, all of the cards here are the player's rookie card. The 1970 rookies (Lee Bouggess, Walik, Mark Moseley) appear in the team's current jerseys. Others are shown in the late-1960s' Eagles jersey with stripes around the shoulders.
The 10th Eagles' card in this set is for linebacker Adrian Young, but this is not a photo of Young. It is Rick Duncan, who punted for ONE game in 1968. Why would Topps even have a photo of such a short-short-short timer, but they had trouble finding recent photos for baseball players that were in their 2nd or 3rd full year with a new team? *SMDH*
Details on the individual players can be found in this blog post.
Sunday, June 26, 2022
1970 was the first year I followed the NFL (and the Eagles in particular), but as I recall, not until midway through the season.
Oddly enough, I collected football cards in 1967 and 1968, but not again until 1971. (My sports card collecting started with 1967 baseball and football, then the same 2 sports in 1968, but ended after the 1969 baseball season. Then I started up again with 1971 football, and both sports in 1972, before I stopped again until 1981.)
The Eagles finished with a 3-10-1 record in 1970, dead last in the newly-formed NFC East division. It was one game worse than their 4-9-1 finish in 1969.
From 1968 to 1971, Topps only printed from 7 to 9 cards per team (which is handy when filling 9-pocket pages).
Since I didn't collect cards in 1970, I only acquired these cards in the past few years, as I was completing my Eagles' team sets for 1964 to 1975.
1970 was the final year for Norm Snead as the Eagles' quarterback.
Generally a disappointment since being acquired for Sonny Jurgensen
after the 1963 season, he was kicked out of Philly in the spring of
Tom Woodeshick was the Eagles' starting fullback from 1967-1969, then rode the bench in favor of rookie Lee Bouggess in 1970.
Ben Hawkins was the Eagles' starting flanker from 1966 to 1973. He may be best known for his dangling chinstrap.
Harold Jackson was acquired from the Rams in 1969, and was probably the Birds' best player in his 4 seasons with the team. He led the NFL in receiving in '69 and '72. Harold returned to the Rams after the 1972 season in exchange for QB Roman Gabriel.
Gary Ballman was the Eagles' starting split end in '67 and '68, then moved to tight end with the arrival of Jackson in 1969.
Tim Rossovich was the Eagles' #1 draft pick in 1968 and was the starting left end for his first 2 1/2 seasons. Midway through 1970 he was moved to middle linebacker.
Dave Lloyd was the Eagles' long-time middle linebacker, but was finally replaced by Rossovich during the 1970 season. He spent the remainder of his final season as a kicker (kicking off, but not for field goals or extra points).
Al Nelson played 9 seasons for the Eagles (1965-73) and was a starting cornerback every season except for missing all but 1 game in 1967.
Nate Ramsey was the Eagles' strong safety from 1963-70, then played right cornerback for his final 2 seasons with the Eagles.