Thursday, September 19, 2019

1970 NFL Rookies of the Year

Another crazy-busy summer.  I just haven't found the time to post.  I am working on getting a few more baseball sets based on rejected Topps designs and will be posting them soon. In the meantime, here are a few more football Rookies of the Year card that never were.  We're already into the 3rd week of the season, so lets get into the '70s.

1970 was the first year of the newly merged NFL. The Steelers, Browns and Colts moved to the AFC. Other than that the conferences maintained the "old" NFL teams in the NFC and the AFL teams in the AFC. The breakdown of the divisions was difficult, too. Because there was no consensus among owners, the top five plans were thrown into a hat and the winner was drawn by Pete Rozelle's secretary.

There were also still 5 different presenters for the Rookie of the year. You'd think combining the league would reduce the awards. Instead, TSN and UPI began giving ROY awards to AFC and NFC. AP and PFW still gave out separate offensive and defense ROY's. NEA still gave out only one overall ROY award.

The breakdown went like this: the NEA gave its sole award to Raymond Chester, TE Raiders. AP and PFW agreed on the offensive ROY Dennis Shaw QB Bills. They also agreed defensively. Bruce Taylor CB 49ers was their choice. Oddly these were the same picks for TSN and UPI. Shaw was their AFC pick and Taylor was the NFC ROY.

Dennis Shaw and Bruce Taylor made their Topps debut in the 1971 set. Raymond Chester waited until the 1972 set for his rookie card.


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  2. So glad you are back!!! I was becoming concerned, especially with "ROCKTOBER" just around the corner. Your posts are always a sure cure for
    "The Summertime Blues" (which always seem to hit during the "dog days"). I am now relieved that we will see more of your high quality cards, the importance of which are always placed in context with your incisive comments. As Always ..."Buzz" (Bryant)

  3. Just another welcome back! In fact I should have said "Welcome Back Mr. Hogan". After all, you are our teacher for all matters pertaining to significant players and games now past. Looking forward to to whatever you have in store for us from your Fall Syllabus for 2019. Hope you have a few more football "goodies" for us along with the all important baseball. Again ..."Buzz" (Bryant).