When Football Was About the Run: L.A. Rams in the 1970s

Today’s NFL is pass, pass, pass. Running the ball is boring for fans, and is only used to keep defenses honest. Besides, chicks love the long ball, as they say in baseball. I always marveled at teams that had a stable of quality running backs, and this was when teams only had a 40-man roster, … More When Football Was About the Run: L.A. Rams in the 1970s

Mr. Versatility

Every few years an athlete grabs the attention because of their all-around athletic skills. Think Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders. Then came Tim Tebow and now New Orleans Saints player Taysom Hill, who plays quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Hill is a superb athlete, but I am leaning Jim Thorpe as maybe … More Mr. Versatility

Football at 50

It is hard to think back 50 years, but I can. Following the Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl IV, a wave of football interest washed over the area and that included me.   In 1969, the NFL was celebrating 50 years, and the AFL celebrated 10 years. In 1969, players wore the respective patch … More Football at 50

Johnny Unitas

In his day, Johnny Unitas was a megastar. This was before the Internet or ESPN, Johnny U earned his fame on the football field, not through the media. As a kid, Unitas was the best quarterback in the business. You studied his moves, his fundamentals and his swagger. This was before Joe Namath, who changed … More Johnny Unitas

Joe Namath

Joe Namath had swagger.  Every kid who picked up a football wanted some of that.  His white shoes were his trademark.  He had a quick release, traveling a country mile.  And he was an advertiser’s dream.  Fifty years later, is Joe Namath is a legend.  Whether that exemplifies success or a cautionary note.  His life … More Joe Namath