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Classic Sports Card of The Day

18 Sep

63toppslarrywilson

1963 Topps football card of former pro football safety Larry Wilson, who enjoyed a 13 year career in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an eight time Pro Bowler, was named to the All Decade teams for both the 1960s and ’70s, was named NFL Defensive Player of The Year in 1966 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1978. He was the first NFL player to employ the safety blitz as a tactic to rush the opposing quarterback. He stayed loyal to the Cardinal organization after his playing days ended, serving at various times as defensive backs coach, interim head coach, scouting director, vice president and general manager. In all, he worked for the Cardinal organization for 43 years before retiring in 2002.

 

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