The 1967 National Football League expansion draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft held on February 9, 1967 in which a new expansion team named the New Orleans Saints selected its first players. On November 1, 1966 (All Saints Day), NFL owners awarded its 16th team franchise to the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints selected 42 players from every team roster except for the Atlanta Falcons, who had began play in the 1966 season. The expansion draft included future Hall of Famer running back Paul Hornung, who set an NFL record by scoring 176 points in only 12 games in 1960 for the Green Bay Packers, but did not play in Super Bowl I. Hornung never played a down for the Saints and retired in the preseason due to a neck injury.
Following the expansion draft, the Saints signed Hornung's backfield mate with the Packers, Jim Taylor to a 10-year, $400,000 contract. Taylor played just one season in his home state (Taylor was a native of Baton Rouge and was an All-American at LSU) and retired in September 1968.
|1967 NFL expansion draft — New Orleans Saints|
|Baltimore Colts||Jackie Burkett||LB||79||6||Auburn|
|Baltimore Colts||Ted Davis||LB||38||3||Georgia Tech|
|Baltimore Colts||Steve Stonebreaker||LB||60||5||Detroit|
|Chicago Bears||Riley Mattson||OT||68||5||Oregon|
|Chicago Bears||Brian Schweda||DE||14||1||Kansas|
|Chicago Bears||Dave Whitsell *||CB||119||9||Indiana|
|Cleveland Browns||Jim Battle||DE||6||1||Southern|
|Cleveland Browns||John Morrow *||C||125||10||Michigan|
|Cleveland Browns||Walter Roberts||FL||42||3||San Jose State|
|Dallas Cowboys||Obert Logan||S||28||2||Trinity|
|Dallas Cowboys||Bill Sandeman||OT||8||1||Pacific|
|Dallas Cowboys||Larry Stephens||DT||94||7||Texas|
|Detroit Lions||Bill Cody||LB||1||1||Auburn|
|Detroit Lions||Bobby Smith||CB||69||6||UCLA||Also known as Bobby Lee Smith|
|Detroit Lions||Willie Walker||FL-SE||9||1||Tennessee State|
|Green Bay Packers||Bill Curry *||C-LB||28||2||Georgia Tech|
|Green Bay Packers||Paul Hornung * †||HB||104||9||Notre Dame|
|Green Bay Packers||Phil Vandersea||FB-LB||14||1||Massachusetts|
|Los Angeles Rams||Steve Heckard||FL-SE||25||2||Davidson; USC|
|Los Angeles Rams||Earl Leggett||DT||112||9||Louisiana State|
|Los Angeles Rams||Joe Wendryhoski||C-E||31||3||Illinois|
|Minnesota Vikings||Tom Hall||FL-SE||69||5||Minnesota|
|Minnesota Vikings||George Rose||CB||34||3||Auburn|
|Minnesota Vikings||Mike Tilleman||DT||12||1||Montana|
|New York Giants||Jim Garcia||DE||22||2||Purdue|
|New York Giants||Bob Scholtz||OT||81||7||Notre Dame|
|New York Giants||Gary Wood||QB||35||3||Cornell|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Dave Cahill||DE||14||1||Northern Arizona|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Ray Rissmiller||OT||1||1||Georgia|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Fred Whittingham||LB||19||2||Cal Poly|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Charlie Bradshaw *||OT||118||9||Baylor|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Jerry Simmons||SE||17||2||Bethune-Cookman|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Bobby Smith *||HB||36||3||North Texas State||Also known as Bob Smith|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Jimmy Heidel||S||14||1||Mississippi|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Ray Ogden||TE||17||2||Alabama|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Dave Simmons||LB||20||2||Georgia Tech|
|San Francisco 49ers||Billy Kilmer *||QB||39||4||UCLA|
|San Francisco 49ers||Elbert Kimbrough||S||75||6||Northwestern|
|San Francisco 49ers||Kent Kramer||TE||14||1||Minnesota|
|Washington Redskins||Tom Barrington||FB||6||1||Ohio State|
|Washington Redskins||Don Croftcheck||G||26||2||Indiana|
|Washington Redskins||Jake Kupp *||G||42||3||Washington|
|Made roster Pro Bowl during career Made Pro Football Hall of Fame|
The 1967 National Football League draft was conducted March 14–15, 1967, at the Gotham Hotel in New York City. It was the first common draft with the AFL, part of the AFL–NFL merger agreement of June 1966.
This draft was delayed as new guidelines were established; redshirt (or "future") players were no longer eligible. It began on a Tuesday in mid-March; the previous two years the leagues held their separate drafts on the final Saturday of November, immediately following the college football regular season.Bill Curry
William Alexander Curry (born October 21, 1942) is a retired American football coach and former player.
Most recently, Curry was the head coach at Georgia State University, which began competing in college football in 2010. Previously, Curry served as the head football coach at the Georgia Institute of Technology (1980–1986), the University of Alabama (1987–1989), and the University of Kentucky (1990–1996). Between coaching jobs at Kentucky and Georgia State, Curry was a football analyst for ESPN.
He played football at Georgia Tech (1962–1964) and then played for ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with four teams: the Green Bay Packers (1965–1966), the Baltimore Colts (1967–1972), the Houston Oilers (1973), and the Los Angeles Rams (1974).Bill Sandeman
William Stewart Sandeman (born November 30, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island) was an American football offensive tackle in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at the University of the Pacific.Billy Kilmer
William Orland Kilmer, Jr. (born September 5, 1939) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, and Washington Redskins. He played college football at UCLA.Dave Cahill
David Allen Cahill (July 26, 1941 - November 12, 2012) is a former American football defensive tackle who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). Cahill first played with the Philadelphia Eagles during the 1966 NFL season. He was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 1967 NFL Expansion Draft, but played that season with the Los Angeles Rams. After a year away from the NFL, he played with the Atlanta Falcons during the 1969 NFL season.Dave Simmons (linebacker, born 1943)
Dave Simmons (August 3, 1943 – November 7, 1994) was a professional American football linebacker in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Georgia Tech.Expansion draft
An expansion draft, in professional sports, occurs when a sports league decides to create one or more new expansion teams or franchises. This occurs mainly in North American sports. One of the ways of stocking the new team or teams is an expansion draft. Although how each league conducts them varies, and they vary from occasion to occasion, the system is usually something similar to the following:
Each existing team is told it can "protect" a certain number of its existing contracted players by furnishing their names to the league office on or before a certain date. The expansion team(s) then are allowed to select players not on the protected lists in a manner somewhat similar to an entry draft. There are generally a maximum number of players that can be selected from any one team, at least without the team losing the player receiving something in compensation such as a future entry draft pick.
Teams subject to losing players usually tend to put most if not all of the players they truly need to stay competitive on the protected list. This means that the expansion franchise is usually left to choose among players who are old, injury prone, failing to develop as the teams had intended, or perhaps so highly compensated that a team wishes to remove them from the payroll. For this reason, expansion teams are often noncompetitive in their early years in a league, although the advent of the free agent system has modified this somewhat. Marc-André Fleury, who won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a notable exception of a star player in their prime being left exposed in an expansion draft, being made available for the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft after Fleury was made expendable due to the rise of Matt Murray at goaltender. The rules of the draft can be tweaked by the league to make the expansion team more competitive if that is the business objective of the league's expansion.Most teams seem to try largely to make a team which will serve until it can begin to develop its own talent, although occasionally players discarded by their old teams benefit from the change in environment and become stars, either again or for the first time.
A similar process occurs when an existing franchise is disbanded and the players contracted to it become available to the remaining teams; this process is referred to as a dispersal draft.Fred Whittingham
Fred George "Mad Dog" Whittingham (February 4, 1939 – October 27, 2003) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Brigham Young University and California Polytechnic State University. He coached in the NFL and at the college level for almost twenty years.Jackie Burkett
Walter Jackson Burkett (December 16, 1936 – September 1, 2017) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts, New Orleans Saints, and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Auburn University.Jake Kupp
Jacob Ralph Kupp (born March 12, 1941) is a former American football guard in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the University of Washington.Joe Wendryhoski
Joseph Stanley "Joe" Wendryhoski (March 1, 1939 – November 6, 2008) was a professional American football player who played guard for five seasons in the National Football League.
Wendryhoski was born on March 1, 1939 in West Frankfort, Illinois, where he attended Frankfort Community High School. He played college football at the University of Illinois from 1958 to 1961 and was voted all-Big Ten Conference in 1960.At 6 feet (1.8 m), 2-inches tall and 245 pounds, Wendryhoski played center and offensive guard. He was selected in the 1961 AFL draft by the New York Titans, but did not sign with the club; instead Wendryhoski played briefly for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League that season. After being out of football for a few years, the Chicago Bears picked him in the 1964 Draft, before trading him to the Los Angeles Rams. He played three seasons (1964-66) for Los Angeles, appearing in a total of 31 games for the team. Left unprotected in the 1967 NFL Expansion Draft, he became an inaugural member of the New Orleans Saints. Wendryhoski anchored the Saints offense for two seasons (1967-68), playing every offensive snap as the starting center under head coach Tom Fears. He recovered a fumble for the Saints in 1968, the only fumble recovery of his career.Wendryhoski, along with several of his Saints teammates, appeared in the film Number One, which starred Charlton Heston as a fading New Orleans quarterback.
After retiring from the Saints, Wendryhoski served as a vice president for the Saints Hall of Fame Museum (now located in the Louisiana Superdome) from its inception in 1988. Wendryhoski lived in Metairie, Louisiana, where he ran a real estate business, and also had a residence in Wisconsin.He died at age 69 on November 6, 2008 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, after a brief battle with cancer.Larry Stephens (American football)
Lawrence Clifton Stephens (September 24, 1938 – March 28, 1998) was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Texas.Obert Logan
Obert Clark "Butch" Logan (December 6, 1941 – January 21, 2003) was an American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Trinity University. Logan, whose nickname was "The Little O", was the last person in the NFL to wear the single digit 0 before its use was discontinued by the league.
|Early era (1936–1959)|
|AFL and NFL era (1960–1966)|
|Common draft (1967–1969)|
|Modern era (1970–present)|
|Wild card berths (5)|
|Division championships (7)|
|Conference championships (1)|
|League championships (1)|
|Ring of Honor|
|Current league affiliations|
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