Thursday, May 16, 2019

Harold Jackson - WR

Harold Jackson was a starting wide receiver for the Eagles from 1969 to 1972, and was probably the best player on the team during his time there.

Jackson was the Rams' 12th-round pick in 1968. He rarely played (2 games) in his rookie season.

In July 1969 he was traded to the Eagles for disgruntled running back Izzy Lang. Jackson immediately assumed a starting spot in the Eagles' lineup, and caught 65 passes while leading the NFL with 1116 receiving yards in 1969.

Harold played every game in his 4 seasons with the team, starting all but 2 games. He made the Pro Bowl as an Eagle in '69 and '72.

In 1972 he led the NFL in both catches (61) and receiving yards (1048).

Jackson returned to the Rams in June 1973 as part of the Roman Gabriel trade. He made 3 more Pro Bowls in his 5-year 2nd stint with LA. He later played for the Patriots, Vikings, and Seahawks,

(Jackson was replaced in the Eagles' lineup by Harold Carmichael, who then led the NFL in catches and yards in his first season as a starter.)

Jackson's first 4 cards are in the 1970-1973 sets (although by 1973 he was with the Rams).

Where's Waldo Harold?

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Adrian Young - LB

Adrian Young was an outside linebacker for the Eagles from 1968-72. He played for the Eagles for 5 seasons, and was a starter for 1 season (starting all 14 games in 1970).

Young was the Birds' 3rd-round pick in 1968, out of USC. He was selected 2 rounds after his USC teammate Tim Rossovich. He started 3 games as a rookie, and 5 games in 1969. (He also missed much of the 1969 season with torn knee ligaments suffered in training camp.)

After starting all the games in 1970 on the left side, he only started 2 games in 1971 before missing most of that season with injuries. He played 1 game in 1972, then was cut in October.

He soon hooked on with the Lions and played 10 games for them. After the '72 season, he was traded to the Saints, but when waived in September 1973 he landed with the Bears, playing 2 games for them in his final NFL season.

Young also played with the WFL Hawaiians in 1974.

Young only had 1 Topps football card, which erroneously depicted punter Rick Duncan, who played for the Eagles in 1 game in 1968. (I'm not sure why Topps had a Rick Duncan photo handy, let alone mistaking him for Adrian Young.)

Another blogger created a "correction card" for Young in the 1971 style, using a photo I had found for him on the interwebs. (Young is getting blocked by future Eagles coach Rich Kotite.)

"Yo Adrian!"