As I’ve been saying for years now, the conventional football uniform format of a shirt, pants, and socks is badly outdated. The shirt is no longer a shirt (no sleeves), the pants are no longer pants (more like biker shorts), and the socks are no longer socks (most players wear tights). Why not just go with a one-piece unitard? Turns out Gill Byrd of the Chargers did exactly that back in the early 1990s, at least according to this video clip from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Okay, so it wasn’t really a unitard — more like a separate uni components sewn together — but it’s still pretty interesting. This seems like the sort of thing that should be (in)famous in uni circles, but I confess I’d never heard about it until this video began circulating yesterday. Anyone else..?
50 Years Ago…This Thanksgiving
Rick Pearson’s look back at what was happening on the gridiron a half-century ago — as documented on his “kid cards” — usually runs on the weekends. But today we thought we’d take the opportunity to showcase his recollections of Thanksgiving football from five decades past. Here’s Rick.
Nov. 23, 1961…Texas at Texas A&M
Football on Thanksgiving Day! My oldest memory of pro football is Packers’ Billy Howton flying up the sideline to catch long bombs from Tobin Rote (probably why I wanted to grow up to play “split end”). …So that meant Packers at Lions — once Turkey Day’s perennial matchup — was pretty doggone special (next to seeing Santa at end of Macy’s parade, of course). …On college side, the game that day in those days was always Texas/Texas A&M. …Check this out: Texas with stripe, number AND Longhorn on helmets. …A&M sporting ubiquitous template of the day (even the Packers wore it pre-Lombardi). …Here’s a bonus, I guess: I found game program cover online. …The players? Huntington didn’t play pro ball and Saxton, though fast, flashy and heralded, was drafted low (10th round, Dallas Texans; 11th round St. Louis Cardinals)…Signed with Texans, moved to WR, caught 5 passes in ’62, then was out of football. …Evidently, he liked this pose, though. …Texas won the ’61 game 25-0, btw.
That’ll do it for today. Everyone have a safe, happy Thanksgiving. I’ll be back with a full-length entry tomorrow.