Classic Sports Card of The Day

26 Dec

From , a 1962 Topps football card of former NFL quarterback Billy Kilmer, who had a long career in the league that was quite a roller coaster ride. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1961 but in his second season, he fell asleep while driving his 1957 Chevy and drove it off the Bayshore Freeway into the San Francisco Bay, suffering a broken leg that was so severe he missed the entire next season. He never produced much for the 49ers, and was picked up by the New Orleans Saints in the 1967 expansion draft, where he labored with that losing organization until he got his break and was traded to the Washington Redskins, joining coach George Allen’s “Over-the-Hill Gang” of old, recycled veterans. Kilmer led the ‘Skins to the Super Bowl in 1972, where they lost to the unbeaten Miami Dolphins. Kilmer played well enough that year that he was voted to the Pro Bowl, the only time he received that honor in his 18 year career.


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