Coy Bacon 6'4" 270 Defensive End 1968 - 1981 14 Seasons 180 Games Played 130 Sacks 2 Touchdowns 3 Pro Bowls
Leander McCoy Bacon was an undrafted rookie signed by the Los Angeles Rams right before the 1968 season. Bacon had just come from playing in the Continental Football League. Coy had signed with the Charleston Rockets in 1966, after leaving Jackson State University upon completion of his sophomore year. At JSU, Bacon played Linebacker and Defensive End. While playing with the Rockets, Coy was named an All Star as a Defensive End in 1966. Other NFL luminaries like Bill Walsh, Ken Stabler, and Garo Yepremian also were in the Continental Football League. Coy Bacon is a member of the JSU Hall Of Fame.
Coy joined a Rams team that had one of the best defensive lines in football, featuring Hall Of Famers Deacon Jones and Merlin Olsen. They were called "The Fearsome Foursome", and Bacon played just 7 games as a reserve in his rookie year. Coy cracked the starting lineup the next year, and started 13 games at Defensive Tackle. He was moved to Defensive End in 1970, recorded 20 sacks,and took a fumble 14 yards for a touchdown. Bacon then had 21 sacks and intercepted a pass the next year. Coy made his first Pro Bowl Team in 1972, and then was traded to the San Diego Chargers after that season as part of a blockbuster deal. He picked off a pass that year, and took it 80 yards for a touchdown. Bacon also led the Chargers in sacks in 2 of his 3 seasons with them. Right after the 1975 season, the Chargers traded Bacon to the Cincinnati Bengals for Hall Of Fame Wide Receiver Charlie Joiner. Coy responded with 21.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries for 48 yards and a safety. He was named to the Pro Bowl Team. Coy then made his last Pro Bowl Team the next year for the Bengals, despite missing 2 games. The Bengals then traded Bacon to the Washington Redskins right before 1978. Coy was the pass rusher the Redskins desperately needed, and he recorded double digits in sacks in each of his first 3 seasons with them. Coy was 39 years old in 1981, and started the 3 games he played before being injured for the rest of the season. The Redskins released him in the off season, but Coy was not done playing. He joined the Washington Federals of the USFL in 1983, and had a few good games. He then retired for good after that year.
Coy played in an era where sacks were not a recorded statistic. Some researchers have credited him with over 130 sacks in his career. If you discount the 3 games he played in 1981, you can easily see he averaged 10 sacks every year of his career. That includes his first 2 seasons as a Defensive Tackle. Bacon was one of the best pass rushers I have seen play the game. He was noted as a character who would not like to practice during the week of a game, reserving his energies for Sunday. He wasn't always stout against the run in the latter part of his career, but he made several spectacular plays when his team needed it most. Coy recently passed away, and I held off this post as a respect and waiting period. He is a fringe player for many as far as induction into Canton, but I look at a guy like Fred Dean get in and wonder why Coy is so. He was just as good a pass rusher, played on lesser defensive lines (meaning the primary focus was on him), and was better versus the run. Coy Bacon is a victim of times passing, as the newer voters don't probably know who he is. He never played on any teams that won anything, so he never got the press he probably deserved. But even if you look at the statistics, you can see Coy Bacon is worthy of induction into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
Notable Players Drafted In 1968 * Denotes Hall Of Fame
1. Ron Yary, OT, Minnesota * 2. Bob Johnson, C, Cincinnati 3. Claude Humphrey, DE, Atlanta 4. Russ Washington, DT/ OT, San Diego 8. Larry Csonka, FB, Miami * 9. Haven Moses, WR, Buffalo 11. Greg Landry, QB, Detroit 13. MacArthur Lane, RB, St. Louis Cardinals 14. Tim Rossovich, LB, Philadelphia 15. Forrest Blue, C, San Francisco 23. John Williams, OT, Baltimore Colts 26. Bill Lueck, G, Green Bay 31. Curley Culp, DT, Denver 33. Charlie West, DB, Minnesota 42. Bob Atkins, DB, St. Louis 43. Bill Lenkaitus, C, SanDiego 47. John Garlington, LB, Cleveland 48. Mike Livingston, QB, Kansas City 52. Ken Stabler, QB, Oakland 69. Skip Vanderbundt, LB, San Francisco 73. Dick Anderson, DB, Miami 74. Charlie Sanders, TE, Detroit * 77. Elvin Bethea, DE, Houston Oilers * 80. Art Shell, OT, Oakland * 81. Dick Himes, OT, Green Bay 82. Paul Robinson, RB, Cincinnati 84. Jess Phillips, RB, Cincinnati 98. Johnny Fuller, DB, San Francisco 105. Jim Beirne, WR, Houston 110. Charlie H. Smith, RB, Oakland 117. Mike Bragg, P, Washington 118. Jim Kiick, RB, Miami 124. Mark Nordquist, G, Philadelphia 127. Cecil Turner, WR, Chicago 130. Blaine Nye, G, Dallas 156. Essex Johnson, RB, Cincinnati 159. D.D. Lewis, LB, Dallas 167. Oscar Reed, RB, Minnesota 176. Bob Brunet, RB, Washington 181. Willie Holman, DE, Chicago 190. George Atkinson, DB, Oakland 222. Paul Smith, DT, Denver 249. John Outlaw, DB, Boston Patriots 261. Tommy Hart, DE, San Francisco 275. Greg Brezina, LB, Atlanta 277. Marv Hubbard, RB, Oakland 288. Henry Davis, LB, NY Giants 289. Rich Coady, C, Chicago 291. Dennis Partee, K, San Diego 297. John Pergine, LB, LA Rams 301. Bob Trumpy, TE, Cincinnati 305. Jim Cheyunski, LB, Boston 317. Jeff Queen, RB, San Diego 323. Harold Jackson, WR, Los Angeles Rams 330. Charlie Greer, DB, Denver 351. Dean Halverson, LB, LA Rams 357. Marlin Briscoe, WR, Denver 375. Robert Holmes, RB, Kansas City 417. Rocky Bleier, RB, Pittsburgh 428. Larry Cole, DE, Dallas 441. Bob Lee, QB, Minnesota
Bobby Dillon 6'1" 180 Safety Green Bay Packers 1952 - 1959 8 Seasons 94 Games Played 52 Interceptions 976 Return Yards 5 Touchdowns 5 Pro Bowls
Bobby Dan Dillon was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1952 draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was the 28th player chosen overall. Dillon attended college at Texas University, where he was a All Southwest Conference and All American selection in 1951 as a defensive back. Bobby Dillon is inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor, and to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Bobby earned a starting job immediately for the Packers. He picked off 4 passes in his rookie year. Then he became even more of a nightmare to opposing teams in 1953, when he had 9 interceptions for 112 yards. He also scored the first touchdown of his career off of a 49 yard return of an interception. Dillon accomplished this despite playing in just 10 of the 12 games that year. 1954 saw Dillon snag 7 more balls for 11 yards, scoring another toudown as well. He was named to his first All Pro team that season. He was named to the All Pro team the next season after getting 9 interceptions for 153 yards. Dillon gained a career best 244 yards off of 7 interceptions in 1956, which also led the NFL. He scored another touchdown, and was named to the All Pro team. Bobby tied his career best mark of 9 interceptions in 1957. He scored a touchdown off of a 55 yard return in his 180 total yards, and was named to his fourth consecutive All Pro team. He earned his last All Pro honors in 1958, after picking off 6 balls for 134 yards. He also scored his fifth, and final, career touchdown. 1959 was the last year that Bobby Dillon played in the NFL. He had a lone interception that year, returning it 7 yards. He then retired at the end of the year. Bobby Dillon is still holds the Packers franchise record for career interceptions and interception return yardage. He is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall Of Fame.
Bobby got a lot of early noteriety early in his career because he was blind in one eye. Since it is more than obvious this did not detract from his play, Dillon's exploits on the field are his real mark on the game. He averaged over 6 interceptions a year for his career. There are a few factors that may have kept Bobby from inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. One is that he played on some bad Packers teams. The only season that he played on a winning team was his last, which also happened to be Vince Lombardi's first year in Green Bay. Another reason may be that he played just 8 seasons. Those detractors would get some argument from me on these facts. There is the obvious fact of the impact Bobby had on the gridiron. His amazing nose for the ball is not matched by many to have ever played the game. When he retired, he ranked 2nd all time in NFL history with his 52 interceptions That mark was tied by Jack Bulter of the Pittsburgh Steelers (a recent CCC profilee whose link is below), who also retired in 1959. Both are now presently tied with Hall of Famers Larry Wilson, Mel Renfro, as well as Ty Law and Jimmy Patton (another CCC profilee), for 23rd all time. There are only 4 safeties in NFL history with more interceptions than Bobby Dillon (Ronnie Lott's first five seasons were spent at cornerback). If you add these facts up, it eradicates the arguments of his teams record or his amount of seasons played. Bobby Dillon deserves his inductions into Canton.
Notable Players Drafted In 1952 (* Denotes Hall of Fame Member)
1. Billy Wade, QB, Los Angeles Rams 2. Les Richter, LB, Dallas Texans 3. Ollie Matson, RB, Chicago Cardinals * 4. Babe Parilli, QB, Green Bay 9. Hugh McElhenny, RB, San Francisco * 10. Bert Rechichar, DB, Cleveland 11. Frank Gifford, RB, NY Giants * 14. Gino Marchetti, DE, Dallas * 15. Billy Howton, WR, Green Bay 17. Jim Weatherall, DT, Philadelphia 21. Pete Brewster, WR, Chicago Cardinals 22. Bob Toneff, DT, San Francisco 29. Lum Snyder, OT, Pittsburgh 31. Al Dorow, QB, Washington 34. Yale Lary, DB, Detroit * 45. Pat Summerall, DE, Detroit (Noted Broadcaster) 46. Marion Campbell, DE, San Francisco 48. Ray Renfro, RB, Cleveland 49. Skeets Quinlan, RB, LA Rams 52. Dave Hanner, DT, Green Bay 56. Fred Williams, DT, Chicago Bears 66. Duane Putnam, G, LA Rams 68. Ed Brown, QB, Chicago Bears 80. Joe Fortunado, LB, Chicago Bears 89. Wayne Robinson, LB, Philadelphia 90. Bill Bishop, DT, Chicago Bears 100. Deral Teteak, G, Green Bay 103. Dick Alban, DB, Washington 123. Leo Sugar, DE, Chicago Cardinals 133. Sam Baker, K, LA Rams 134. Jim Mutscheller, TE, Dallas 212. Tommy O'Connell, QB, Chicago Bears 261. Jim David, DB, Detroit 313. Frank Fuller, DT, LA Rams
Gino Cappelletti 6' 190 WR/ K Boston Patriots 1960 - 1970 11 Seasons 153 Games Played 292 Receptions 42 Touchdowns 1,130 Points Scored 5 Pro Bowls 1964 AFL Player of the Year
Gino Raymond Michael Cappelletti went the long route to the Patriots as a free agent in 1960. He was a stand out player at the University of Minnesota. He played Quarterback, place kicked some, as well as playing defense. Gino was the Gopher Iron Man of 1953, averaging 50 minutes played per game, and is a member of the 2001 M Club Hall of Fame. After college, Gino went to Canada and played rugby in the Ontario Rugby Football Union until 1956. He was then drafted, and served, in the U.S. Army until 1958. Gino then joined the Canadian Football League and played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders. After being cut by the Roughriders, Gino rejoined the rugby league until 1960.
The Boston Patriots and American Football League were born in 1960, and Gino made the team as a 26 year old rookie. The Patriots made good use of Cappelletti's versatility. He played Cornerback and Placekicker mainly in his rookie season. He intercepted 4 passes for 68 yards, and scored 54 points kicking. He intercepted 3 passes in one game off of future NFL coach Tom Flores. Coaching great Lou Saban then moved Gino to Wide Receiver the next season. Cappelletti responded with his Pro Bowl season. He caught 45 receptions for 768 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also threw the only pass of his career, which went for a 27 yard touchdown. He led the AFL with 32 field goal attempts and 17 conversions, while making 48 of 50 extra points. He scored a total of 147 points that year. In 1962, Gino scored 98 points kicking, and snagged 34 balls for 5 scores. Gino's next season saw him snare 34 passes for 2 touchdowns, while accruing 101 points kicking. He led the AFL with the AFL with 38 field goal attempts and 22 makes, and made his second All Pro squad. He led the AFL with 39 field goal attempts and 25 makes in 1964, while scoring 116 points kicking. Gino also had a career best 49 receptions and 865 yards, while finding the end zone 7 times. His 155 total points was his career best, and Gino earned his third All Pro team award. Gino's 155 points were, at the time, the second most in Pro Football history, surpassing his 1961 total. Gino Cappelleti was named the 1964 AFL Player of the Year. In 1965, Gino scored a career high 9 touchdowns on 37 catches. His 18.7 yards per catch average was also a career best. He also led the AFL in field goal percentage, and made the All Pro team again. Gino made his last All Pro team in 1966. He caught 43 passes for 6 scores, while taking one pass for a career best 63 yards. 1967 was Gino's last year to be used a lot as a receiver. He caught 35 passes for 3 scores. He caught 13 balls the next season for last 2 touchdowns of his career. Gino did catch 1 pass for 21 yards in 1969, but mainly was used as a kicker. Cappelletti was 36 years old in 1970, as the Patriots joined the NFL. Used only as a kicker that year, he scored the last 40 points of his career. He retired after that season with 292 receptions for 4,489 yards and 42 touchdowns. He is still 3rd in Patriots history for career receptions and yards. His 1,130 points were a Patriots record until Adam Vinatieri surpassed it in 2005. His jersey was retired by the Patriots, and he is a member of the Patriots 1960's All Decade Team, and the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Gino Cappelletti is a symbol of determination, perseverance, and versatility. He is the only player to have averaged 7.5 points a game over an 11 year career. He once averaged 9.6 points a game over a six year period, which no other player has ever done either. His 1961 and 1964 seasons still rank in the top 10 for the most points scored in a season. The fact that Gino accomplished these feats in 14 game seasons make it even more impressive. Gino led the AFL in scoring 5 times, which is tied for the most times ever that a player has led a league in scoring. He led the AFL in scoring 4 consecutive seasons, which is the second best streak in pro football history. Gino is the only player in the history of professional football history to to run for a 2 point conversion, throw a pass for a 2 point conversion, catch a pass, intercept a pass, return a punt and a kickoff in the same season. He is tied with Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for the most career points scored in AFL All Star Games, and is 1 of only 2 AFL Kickers to kick at least 4 field goals in a game for 3 consecutive games. He is the second player in AFL history to have picked off 3 passes in a game, and set the AFL record by scoring 28 points in a game. He has attempted the most field goals in Patriots history, and is is amongst the AFL's all-time top ten receivers in yards and in receptions. He accomplished this during a ten year span where the Patriots played on 4 "home" fields throughout the New England area, making his accomplishments even more amazing. Nicknamed "The Duke" by his team mates, Gino often teamed up with Patriots legendary QB Babe Parilli. This connection was dubbed the "Grand Opera." Gino is one of only 3 players to have played in every game of their franchises games while a member of the AFL, and one of only 20 to have played in every game in AFL history. The fact that he has not yet been inducted into Canton reeks of NFL envy. As I have stated in past profilings of AFL greats, there is an obvious exclusion of AFL players by the NFL. I keep screaming that this is the PRO Football Hall Of Fame, NOT JUST the NFL Hall Of Fame! Gino Cappelletti should have been inducted into Canton years ago! It is up to us fans to remind the voters that the AFL counts, was important, and should never be forgotten. No matter how hard they seem to try.
Notable Players Drafted In 1960 (* Denotes Hall of Fame Member)
1. Billy Cannon, RB, LA Rams 3. Johnny Robinson, DB, Detroit 8. Jim Houston, LB, Cleveland 10. Ron Mix, OT, Baltimore * 13. Harold Olson, T, Saint Louis Cardinals 17. Bob Jeter, DB, Green Bay 20. Maxie Baughan, LB, Philadelphia 23. Don Floyd, DE, Baltimore Colts 24. Marvin Terrell, G, Baltimore Colts 32. Don Meredith, QB, Chicago 35. Rod Breedlove, LB, San Francisco 37. Willie West, DB, St. Louis 40. Ted Dean, FB, Philadelphia 41. Johnny Brewer, TE, Cleveland 42. Roger Brown, DT, Detroit 44. Jim Marshall, DT, Cleveland 48. Vince Promuto, G, Washington 55. Abner Haynes, RB, Pittsburgh 56. Don Norton, WR, Philadephia 59. Len Rohde, T, San Francisco 63. Glen Coqdill, WR, Detroit 69. Bob Khayat, G, Cleveland 72. George Blair, DB, NY Giants 74. Larry Wilson, S, St. Louis Cardinals * 86. Carroll Dale, WR, LA Rams 88. Bill Mathis, FB, San Francisco 105. Chris Burford, WR, Cleveland 106. Don Perkins, FB, Baltimore 109. Charley Johnson, QB, St. Louis Cardinals 110. Curtis McClinton, RB, LA Rams 111. Grady Alderman, T, Detroit 118. Mel Branch, DE, San Francisco 119. Bobby Boyd, DB, Baltimore 157. Bob DeMarco, C, Saint Louis 161. Jon Gilliam, C, Green Bay 162. Brady Keys, DB, Pittsburgh 178. Larry Grantham, LB, Baltimore 181. Jim Hunt, DT, Saint Louis 203. Goose Gonsoulin, DB, San Francisco 229. Tom Day, DE, St. Louis
Notable 1960 AFL Allocation Picks
Jim Otto, C, Minneapolis/ Oakland Raiders * Jim Norton, DB, Dallas Texans Wayne Hawkins, G, Denver Dean Look, WB, Denver (Noted NFL Referee, and MLB Player) Bill Mathis, RB, New York Titans/ Jets Pat Dye, T, Boston Patriots (College Football Hall of Fame Coach) Billy Brewer, QB, Boston (Ole Miss Legend as Player, then Coach) Chuck McMurtry, DT, Buffalo Ray Jauch, RB, Buffalo (Noted CFL, USFL, and Arena League Coach) Ron Burton, RB, Boston Jim Walden, QB, Denver (Noted College Football Coach) Jacky Lee, QB, Houston Oilers Paul Maguire, LB/ P, Los Angeles Chargers ( Noted Football Commentater ) Ed "Wahoo" McDaniel, LB, LA Chargers ( WWE Hall of Fame) Bob Talamini, G, Houston Curt Merz, C, NY Titans
Richard Dent 6'5" 265 Defensive End Chicago Bears 1983 - 1997 15 Seasons 203 Games Played 137.5 Sacks 8 Interceptions 37 Forced Fumbles 18 Fumbles Recovered 1 Safety 2 Touchdowns 4 Pro Bowls
Richard Lamar Dent was an eighth round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in the 1983 draft. He was the 203rd player chosen overall. Dent went to college at Tennessee State University. He played immediately as a freshman Defensive End, recording 7 sacks as a reserve. He had 8, then 10 over the next two seasons starting at DE. He was moved to Defensive Tackle in his senior year, and accumulated 14 sacks. He was named to the Sheridan Broadcasting Network First Team All American, and was the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Defensive Player of the Year. His 39 career sacks are a school record, surpassing the previous total of 38 set by Ed "Too Tall" Jones, and tied by Cleveland Elam. Nicknamed "Dirty" by his team mates, Dent is a member of the Tennessee State University Hall Of Fame, and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Dent earned playing time with the Bears in his rookie season as it progressed. He ended up starting 3 games, and recorded 3 sacks. Firmly entrenched as the Bears starting Defensive End in 1984, Dent went wild and collected a career best 17.5 sacks. Richard was selected to his first Pro Bowl Team due to his efforts. 1985 is a season most Bears fan remember as one of the best teams in franchise history. Dent was certainly a key member on a defense that ranked first in the NFL in total defense. He led the NFL with 17 sacks, intercepted 2 passes, and returned 1 for his first NFL touchdown. He also also forced a career best 7 fumbles that year. Dent was selected to his second Pro Bowl Team after the season. Dent was even better once the Bears made the playoffs, recording 3.5 sacks and forcing 2 fumbles in a win over the New York Giants. He then sacked the Los Angeles Quarterback, and forced a fumble in the NFC Championship game. That ball was returned for a touchdown, sealing the victory over the Rams. In Super Bowl XX, Dent had 2 sacks and forced 2 fumbles and was named the Super Bowl MVP in the Bears win. Over the next 4 seasons, Dent missed 9 games due to injuries, but still managed to garner 43.5 sacks and an interception over that time. 1990 saw Dent back in full health, as he picked off a career best 3 interceptions, scored the last touchdown of his career off of a fumble recovery, and had 12 sacks. He was named to his 3rd Pro Bowl Team as well. By 1993, Dent was 33 years old, and would make his final Pro Bowl Team that year. He had 12.5 sacks, and intercepted the last pass of his career. Dent then joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. Though the injured Dent played just 2 games, recording 2 sacks, the 49ers went on to win Super Bowl XXIX, and Dent was given his second Super Bowl ring. Richard returned to the Bears for the 1995 season, but could not stay healthy. He played just 3 games, and it was his only season he did not record a sack. Dent moved on to play for the Indianapolis Colts in 1996, and was mainly used as a pass rushing specialist. He picked up 6.5 sacks, and recorded a safety. He then joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997, recording 4.5 sacks as a pass rushing specialist. Dent then retired after that year with the third most sacks in NFL history, a statistic not officially recorded until 1982.
Richard Dent has made the final 15 in the Hall Of Fame selection process four times, so his induction seems to be eminent. He has a few good things going for him in his case. One is that he played in Chicago, a noted media outlet. The second is that the great Bears defense in 1985 has only one member in Canton. Though there were several great defenders on that unit, and Wilbur Marshall may be the only other player with a legitimate shot at induction some day, Dent is most definitely the most worthy of induction, and his Chicago ties will get him faster than deserved perhaps. After watching Fred Dean get inducted, while Jim Marshall, Claude Humphrey, and others await the call, you also must take into account that most of the voters have short and selective memories these days. Though I'd personally put in Marshall and Humphrey ahead of Dent, it won't go that way most likely. Maybe if the NFL recognized sacks during those men's careers, this would not be a debate for some. Richard Dent is one of the best Defensive Ends to have ever played on Soldier Field, and his bust has probably already been made. He seems to be waiting his turn while the voters try to play catch up on all the other injustices from previous omissions. But, who really knows? We may see Dent finally inducted this year.
Notable Players Drafted in 1983 ( * denotes Hall Of Famer)
1. John Elway, QB, Baltimore Colts * 2. Eric Dickerson, RB, LA Rams * 3. Curt Warner, RB, Seattle 4. Chris Hinton, OT, Denver 6. Jimbo Covert, OT, Chicago 9. Bruce Matthews, G, Houston Oilers * 10. Terry Kinard, S, NY Giants 14. Jim Kelly, QB, Buffalo * 19. Joey Browner, S, Minnesota 20. Gary Anderson, RB, San Diego 22. Gil Byrd, CB, San Diego 24. Ken O'Brien, QB, NY Jets 26. Don Mosebar, C, Oakland 27. Dan Marino, QB, Miami * 28. Darrell Green, CB, Washington * 32. Henry Ellard, WR, LA Rams 35. Wes Hopkins, CB, Philadelphia 37. Leonard Marshall, DE, NY Giants 39. Darryl Talley, LB, Buffalo 41. Ron Brown, WR, Cleveland 42. Keith Bostic, DB, Houston 49. Roger Craig, RB, San Francisco 54. Bill Pickel, NT, Oakland 61. Albert Lewis, CB, Kansas City 64. Dave Duerson, DB, Chicago 67. Mike Cofer, LB, Detroit 84. Charles Mann, DE, Washington 101. Johnny Rembert, LB, New England 110. Greg Townsend, DE, Oakland 119. Jim Arnold, P, Kansas City 167. Reggie Roby, P, Miami 186. Carl Lee, DB, Minnesota 187. Craig James, RB, New England 202. Earnest Jackson, RB, San Diego 219. Mark Bortz, G, Chicago 223. Mark Clayton, WR, Miami 237. Ali Haji-Sheikh, K, NY Giants 276. Tim Krumrie, NT, Cincinnati 289. Jesse Sapolu, G, San Francisco 310. Karl Mecklenburg, LB, Denver 334. Anthony Carter, WR, Miami