Friday, November 25, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles

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.

I noticed today that although each player's card back contains a long narrative, most of them go into great detail about the player's college career, with only a sentence about their NFL accomplishments. I guess because it's the early-70s Eagles!

Cyril Pinder - Cyril was the Eagles' #2 pick in 1968, and worked his way up to starting halfback in 1970, leading the team in rushing. However he didn't make the team in 1971 (?!?) and was traded to the Bears. After 2 seasons in Chicago, he ended his career in 1973 with the Cowboys.

Lee Bouggess - The Eagles' #3 pick in the 1970 draft, Bouggess was the team's starting fullback for his first 2 seasons, and was the Eagles' 2nd-leading rusher as a rookie, with 401 yards. After missing the 1972 season with injuries, he returned for 1 final season with the Eagles in 1973, as a backup.

Tom Woodeshick - Tom was drafted by the Eagles in 1963, and after 4 seasons as a backup, he was the starting fullback from 1967-69. Woodeshick made the Pro Bowl in 1968, the year he rushed for 947 yards. He was the 2nd-string fullback behind Bouggess from 1970-71, and wrapped up his career with the Cardinals in 1972.

Harold Jackson - Harold was one of the few stars on the Eagles in 1971. Drafted by the Rams in 1968, he was a starter for the Eagles from 1969-72, and led the NFL in receiving yards in 1969 and 1972. After the 1972 season, he returned to the Rams in the Roman Gabriel trade. Jackson played 5 more seasons for the Rams, and 4 with the Patriots. He finished as a backup with the Vikings (1982) and Seahawks (1983).

Billy Walik - Walik's NFL career consisted of 3 seasons (1970-72) with the Eagles as a kick returner and occasional punt returner. I'm not sure why he has a card, as he never scored on a return, and he rarely lined up as a receiver. (Meanwhile, #2 WR Ben Hawkins had over 30 catches and 4 TDs in 1970, but no card in 1971.)

Mark Moseley - Oh, what could have been! Moseley was drafted by the Eagles in 1970, and after a poor rookie season (56% of field goals made) where he was also pressed into service as a punter due to injuries, the Eagles gave up on him. After 2 seasons with the Oilers, Mark went on to kick for the Redskins for 12 years, leading the NFL in field goals 4 times.

Tim Rossovich - The Eagles' #1 pick in the 1968 draft was probably more notable for his off-field activities (like eating glass and setting his hair on fire) than for his football accomplishments. After starting at left defensive end for 2 1/2 seasons, he moved to middle linebacker midway through the 1970 season, replacing long-time veteran Dave Lloyd. After the 1971 season, he moved on to the Chargers. Rossovich played for the WFL's Philadelphia Bell for the 1974-75 seasons, then returned to the NFL with the Oilers in 1976.

After football, Tim began acting, and appeared in various TV series, including "Magnum, P.I." (with his college roommate Tom Selleck), "MacGyver", "Knight Rider", and most notably 1980's "When the Whistle Blows".

Gary Pettigrew - Gary was the Eagles' #2 draft pick in 1966, and was a starter on their defensive line for 8-plus seasons, except for missing some time in 1969 and 1971 with injuries. He was the team's starting right end for his first 2 seasons, before moving to defensive tackle. He began his last season (1974) with the Eagles, but ended it with the Giants.

Steve Preece - Preece began his career with the Saints in 1969, but was the Eagles' starting free safety in 1970. He replaced long-time Eagles' free safety Joe Scarpati, who was traded to the Saints in a separate deal. After his 2nd season with the Eagles, Steve moved on to the Broncos and Rams before ending his career with the Seahawks in 1977.

Adrian Young - Young was the Eagles' #3 pick in 1968 out of USC, the same school where they found their #1 pick Rossovich. After 2 seasons as a backup, Adrian was a starting outside linebacker in 1970. He missed almost all of 1971 due to injury, and was traded to the Lions early in the 1972 season. He finished his career in 1973 with the Bears.

One more thing: this picture is not Adrian Young - it's Rick Duncan. Duncan punted for 1 game with the Eagles in 1968, and was invited to their 1971 training camp, but didn't make the team. Below are Young's and Duncan's pages from the Eagles 1971 yearbook.

March 2013 edit: A fellow blogger has now corrected Topps' oversight.

Also check out the 1967 and 1972 Eagles.

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