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Classic Sports Card of The Day

13 Dec

58toppscothren

1958 Topps football card of former pro football fullback and kicker Paige Cothren, who had a short three year playing career in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. Used almost exclusively as a kicker, his career was pretty non-descript, but his life afterwards wasn’t. He joined the U.S. Army after retiring and reached the rank of captain, and was an accomplished author and pastor, and opened a pair of counseling centers for alcoholics and drug addicts. When the New Orleans Saints joined the NFL as an expansion team, their coach, former Ram teammate Tom Fears, signed Cothren as the franchise’s first player, even though he had been retired for over 6 years. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the team’s final cut as a kicker, but he continued to flourish in life outside of football.

 

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