Thursday, September 3, 2015

San Francisco 49ers

Here are the 1967 San Francisco 49ers.  I had all these cards in 1967 except for Dave Parks and Tommy Davis.

The 49ers finished 6-6-2 in 1966, 4th of 7 in the Western Division. In 1967 the NFL realigned into four 4-team divisions, and they finished 3rd in the Coastal Division with a 7-7 record. Oddly enough, backup QB Billy Kilmer (#17) is front-and-center, while the starting QB John Brodie (#12) is 3rd from the right.  (3rd stringer George Mira (#10) is in the top left corner.)

John Brodie - Brodie was the 49ers' #1 pick (3rd overall) in 1957. He played 17 seasons (1957-73), all with the 49ers, and was the starting QB from 1960-1971, except for missing 11 games during the 1963 season. Brodie led the NFL in passing yards in '65, '68, and '70, and made the Pro Bowl in 1965 and 1970. He became a pro golfer after his football career.

Ken Willard - Willard was the 49ers' #1 pick (2nd overall) in 1965. Ken was the team's starting fullback for his 1st 9 seasons, then finished his career with the Cardinals in 1974. He made the Pro Bowl in 4 of his first 5 seasons.

Bernie Casey - Casey was selected by the 49ers in the 1st round of the 1961 draft. He played for San Francisco from 1961-66, and was their starting flanker in all but his rookie season. Casey also played for the Rams from 1967 - 1968. Since 1969, he has been an actor, appearing in over 70 movies and TV shows, including "Brian's Song", "Roots", and the role of Felix Leiter in "Never Say Never Again".

Dave Parks - The 49ers made Parks the #1 overall pick in the 1964 draft. He made the Pro Bowl in his 1st 3 seasons, and led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving TDs in 1965. After 4 seasons as the 49ers' starting split end, he was traded to the Saints in 1968, and was a starter there for 5 seasons (the last 4 at tight end). Parks finished his career in 1973 as a backup with the Oilers.

Bruce Bosley - The 49ers' #2 pick in 1956, Bosley was the team's starting left defensive end as a rookie. After missing part of 1957, he started at left guard for 4 seasons, then moved over to center, where he was the starter from 1962-68 (including trips to the Pro Bowl from '65-'67). He wrapped up his career as the Falcons' #1 center in 1969.

John Thomas - A longshot 23rd-round pick in 1957, Thomas played for the 49ers from 1958 through 1967. He was a starter in all but his final season, playing left tackle for 4 seasons, then middle linebacker in 1962, and finally left guard from 1963-66.

Howard Mudd - Mudd was also selected by the 49ers in the 1964 draft (#9), and started at right guard from 1965-68, making the Pro Bowl in the latter 3 seasons. After splitting 1969 between the 49ers and the Bears, he finished his career in 1970 with the Bears. Mudd went on to a long career as an offensive line coach.

Tommy Davis - Davis was drafted by the 49ers in 1957, but did not play until 1959, when he began an 11-year career as the team's placekicker. Tommy made the Pro Bowl in '62 and '63, and was also the team's punter every season except '67 and '68.

Dave Wilcox - Wilcox was drafted by the 49ers in 1964, and was their starting left linebacker for the next 11 seasons. He made 7 Pro Bowls, and was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Kermit Alexander - Alexander was the team's #1 pick in 1963, and was a starting defensive back for the next 7 seasons, alternating between cornerback and free safety, while also returning kicks and punts. He also started in the Rams' backfield in 1970 and 1971, then finished his career as a backup for the Eagles in '72 and '73.

After 4 seasons in the AAFC, the 49ers (along with the Browns and Colts) joined the NFL in 1950.

Also check out the 1971 and 1972 49ers.


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