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|Born:||September 26, 1942|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|NFL Draft:||1963 / Round: 19 / Pick: 148|
|AFL draft:||1963 / Round: 8 / Pick: 106|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Player stats at PFR|
Eugene Charle Sykes (born September 26, 1941) is a former American football defensive back. Sykes scored a touchdown in LSU's 25–7 defeat of Colorado in the 1962 Orange Bowl. In 1963, he appeared with the LSU team in the Cotton Bowl, where they defeated Texas 13–0, and in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game.
As a professional, Sykes was drafted by the American Football League's Buffalo Bills, playing for them in 1963 and for their AFL Championship teams of 1964 and 1965. He finished his Professional Football career with the AFL's Denver Broncos in 1966.
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Sidney Gillman was an American football player, coach and executive. Gillman's insistence on stretching the football field by throwing deep downfield passes, instead of short passes to running backs or wide receivers at the sides of the line of scrimmage, was instrumental in making football into the modern game that it is today.
Johnny Nolan Robinson is a former American football player. He was primarily a safety, but also played on offense as a halfback and flanker early in his career. He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU) for the LSU Tigers football team.
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Bill Mathis was an American professional football player who was a running back for the New York Titans/Jets in the American Football League (AFL). He played college football for the Clemson Tigers. He started his professional career with the Titans, and played his entire career with the AFL's New York franchise. One of four Titans who remained with the New York Jets to play in and win a Super Bowl, Mathis led the AFL in carries in 1961 and was selected by his peers to the Sporting News 1961 AFL All-League team. He was an AFL Eastern Division All-Star in 1961 and 1963. Mathis had a collarbone broken in the third game of 1961, against the Boston Patriots. He played in the next game, and in fact in all the remaining games of the season.
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Warren Anthony Powers is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Washington State University in 1977, and the University of Missouri from 1978 to 1984, compiling an overall college football record of 53–37–3 (.586).
George Henry Sauer Jr. was an American football wide receiver who played six seasons for the American Football League's New York Jets, and later played in the World Football League. He played college football for the Texas Longhorns. His father, George Henry Sauer Sr., played for the Green Bay Packers from 1935 through 1937.
Samuel Warren Rabb is a former American football quarterback who played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) and the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League (AFL). He was selected in the second round of the 1960 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University (LSU). He completed his professional football career with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1963.
Cedric Walker is a former American football defensive back and coach who is currently the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Brigade of the Arena Football League (AFL). Walker played football at Stephen F. Austin University; once his stint there concluded, he signed with the AFL's Charlotte Rage. Walker played for a succession of AFL teams over his ten-season career; these included the Orlando Predators, Arizona Rattlers, Indiana Firebirds, Chicago Rush, Austin Wranglers, and Las Vegas Gladiators. At the end of his AFL Career, Walker had amassed some 522 solo tackles ; this was the league's seventh-highest total. Walker also won one ArenaBowl as a player; this came with the Arizona Rattlers in 1997.
Donald O'Larey Estes was a professional American football player. He played guard in the American Football League (AFL) in five games for the San Diego Chargers in 1966. He was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 1963 AFL draft, and also by the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) in the second round of the 1963 NFL draft. He attended Louisiana State University, where he played college football for the LSU Tigers football team. Estes was born in Tomball, Texas and attended Brookhaven High School in Brookhaven, Mississippi.