Calvin Hill

Calvin G. Hill (born January 2, 1947) is a retired American football player. He played running back in the National Football League for twelve seasons. Hill played for the NFL Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Browns. He also played a season with The Hawaiians of the World Football League in 1975.

Hill was named to the Pro Bowl team four times (1969, 1972, 1973, and 1974). In 1972, he became the first Cowboy running back to have a 1,000-yard rushing season (with 1,036 yards rushing); he repeated the feat in the following season with 1,142 yards rushing.

Yale University conferred on Hill a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at its 2016 commencement. "You are a Yale legend" is the opening sentence of the citation honoring Hill.[1]

Calvin Hill
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With Cleveland in 1979
No. 35
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:January 2, 1947 (age 72)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Bronx (NY) Riverdale Country
College:Yale
NFL Draft:1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:156
Rushing yards:6,083
Average:4.2
Touchdowns:42
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Hill was awarded a scholarship to attend the Riverdale Country School in The Bronx, New York prior to attending ninth grade. At Riverdale he was an accomplished athlete in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field, often leading teams that defeated athletic arch-rival Horace Mann School and other Ivy Preparatory School League opponents in the metropolitan New York City-area.

He was introduced to organized football at Riverdale, where he was named the starting quarterback as a sophomore, running the T formation in a program that was undefeated for eight seasons, 1958 through 1965, and was led by head coach Frank Bertino.[2] He quarterbacked the team during the 1963, 1964 and 1965 seasons.

Hill, was a highly touted high school football talent and an honors student at the secondary school.[3]

College career

Hill acknowledged a desire to play in a stadium with a large seating capacity, and was impressed by the large crowd,over 70,000, watching Yale defeat Dartmouth 24-15 at the Yale Bowl during a visit, October 31, 1964.

The second day of practices at Yale, the coaching staff shifted Hill to linebacker on the freshman team and gave the quarterback job to Brian Dowling. After four days at linebacker he was moved to halfback, where he remained for the rest of his football career.

Hill and Dowling had incomparable on-field chemistry. Dowling could pass, and Hill could run, and both could catch passes.[4] Hill, who threw six halfback option passes for touchdowns at Yale, likened Dowling's athletic virtuosity to John Coltrane's musicality.[5]

Hill and Dowling led the 1968 Yale team to an undefeated season, although the last game of the season at Harvard Stadium ended in a 29-29 tie. During his three years as a starter, the Bulldogs posted records respectively of 4-5, 8-1 and 8-0-1. Hill also played tight end or linebacker in some games.

He was a subject, along with Dowling, of Garry Trudeau's "Bull Tales" cartoons in the Yale Daily News. "Bull Tales" was the forerunner of the Pulitzer Prize winning Doonesbury.[6]

Hill was a sprinter and jumper for the Yale track team. He holds the school record for the outdoor triple jump. He was the 1967 and 1968 long jump and triple jump Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Champion.[7] Hill completed his three-year collegiate athletic career with 2527 all-purpose rushing yards, 1,512 rushing yards from the line of scrimmage, 858 receiving yards, and 298 passing yards, during a three-year varsity career.[8] Hill graduated with the Yale College Class of 1969.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Hill was selected by the Dallas Cowboys]] in the first round (24th overall) of the 1969 NFL draft, becoming the first player from an Ivy League school drafted in the first round. At the time this selection was widely questioned, because teams did not think they could find professional players at elite colleges.[9]

The Cowboys drafted him as an athlete, so he spent his first few days in training camp as a linebacker and tight end.[10] He got his chance at playing halfback in the second exhibition game, because the team was experiencing problems at running back during that training camp. Don Perkins, the fourth leading rusher in NFL history had just formally announced his retirement, Dan Reeves the starter at halfback was struggling after having off-season knee surgery and his backup Craig Baynham had bruised ribs. Hill never relinquished the starting job and when the regular season started, even though he was a rookie, he became a dominant player in the league. Through the first nine games of the season, he was the best running back in the NFL with 807 rushing yards. However, he hurt his toe while rushing for a team record 150 yards in a 41-28 victory over the Washington Redskins in the ninth game of the season. The team didn't know the extent of the injury, so he missed the next 2 games. When it was later revealed that it was broken, Hill played the last 2 games with a broken toe that required an injection before every practice and game.

Hill finished his rookie season with 942 rushing yards (4.6 yard average) and 8 touchdowns. He was also received NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.[11]

The Cowboys selected Duane Thomas in the first round of the 1970 NFL draft, because the team was not confident that Hill had recovered during the off season. He also had complications from an infected blister in the same foot that kept him in the hospital for more than a month. Nine games into the 1970 season, he suffered a back injury and didn't play much the rest of the year, finishing with 577 rushing yards while averaging 3.8 yards per carry.

In 1971, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against the New York Giants, that was initially diagnosed as a sprained knee. He missed six games and tried to play again in the NFC Championship, but hurt his knee again scoring a touchdown.[12]

In 1972, after the Cowboys traded Thomas to the San Diego Chargers, Hill became the first running back in franchise history to surpass the 1,000 yard mark and proved he could still run the football. He finished with 1,045 yards and a 4.2 yard average and six touchdowns. He also set a club record for receptions by a running back with 43. In 1973, he broke his own team record with 1,142 yards and six touchdowns.

Hill played in Dallas for six seasons, helping the Cowboys win Super Bowl VI and 2 NFC titles. He had some superb years with the team, making four Pro Bowls (1969, 1972, 1973, 1974) and two All-Pro teams (1969, 1973).

The Hawaiians (WFL)

On April 9, 1974, Hill signed a contract with The Hawaiians of the World Football League,[13] but played in Dallas in 1974. He played in three WFL games in 1975, carrying the ball 49 times for 218 yards and no touchdowns, before suffering a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.[14] When the league folded, he returned to the NFL.

Washington Redskins

On April 3, 1976, Hill signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskins,[15][16] but he could not recapture his previous playing level. In two seasons as a backup running back, he rushed for 558 yards and caught 25 passes, before announcing his retirement on August 7, 1978.[17]

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns convinced him to unretire and signed him to a contract on September 25, 1978.[18] He played four seasons mostly as a third-down running back, before retiring at the end of the 1981 season.[19]

Hill played in the NFL for 12 seasons, recording 6,083 rushing yards, 42 rushing touchdowns, 2,861 receiving yards and 23 receiving touchdowns.

Personal life

Calvin Hill
Hill in 2014, speaking to students at the Riverdale Country School

His wife, Janet Hill, is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she shared a suite with Hillary Rodham Clinton. They are the parents of retired NBA player Grant Hill. Hill was the 1969 NFL Rookie of the Year. Twenty six years later, his son Grant would share the 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year award with Jason Kidd.

In 1987, Baltimore Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams, appointed Hill to the team's board of directors.[20] The following year, he was named vice president for personnel and served in that capacity until 1994.[21]

Hill currently sits on the boards of several organizations, works as a corporate motivational speaker, and works for the Dallas Cowboys organization as a consultant who specializes in working with troubled players. Additionally, Hill is a consultant to the Cleveland Browns Football Club and Alexander & Associates, Inc., a Washington, D.C. corporate consulting firm. As a consultant with the Cleveland Browns, he helped form a group of Cleveland Browns' players to control and eliminate drug and alcohol-related problems. Hill has written several articles on sports and academia for national publications, makes appearances at university campuses and business firms, throughout the United States. He addresses several topics including the problem of drugs and alcohol and the work needed in this area, and the important relationship of sports and academia. [22]

The Calvin Hill Day Care Center in New Haven was founded by fellow Baltimore, Maryland-native Kurt Schmoke among other undergraduates in 1970 and is named in his honor. It is available to Yale University families from all economic levels.[23]

On May 23, 2016, Hill received an honorary doctorate from Yale University.[24]

References

  1. ^ "Honorary degrees awarded to nine outstanding individuals".
  2. ^ Frank Bertino, 77, Prep Coach
  3. ^ "Calvin Hil profile".
  4. ^ Yale University Official Football Program, October 27, 1979, Pennsylvania Vs. Yale, "Calvin Hill: An Extraordinary Talent", pg. 11, by line, Jon Stein, The New Haven Register
  5. ^ "Yale's Calvin Hill becomes first Ivy League player selected in first round of NFL Draft".
  6. ^ Yale University Official Football Program, October 27, 1979, pg. 13
  7. ^ "Men's Recordbook". HepsTrack.com. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  8. ^ 2003 Yale Football Media Guide
  9. ^ Yale's Calvin Hill becomes first Ivy League player selected in first round of NFL Draft
  10. ^ Hooks, Jerry (August 24, 1973). "Tight end Hill's favorite". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. p. 1C.
  11. ^ Calvin Hill Selected as Top Rookie
  12. ^ "Injured knee won't stop hill". Nevada Daily Mail. Missouri. Associated Press. January 13, 1972. p. 4.
  13. ^ "Calvin Hill jumps Dallas for Hawaii". Observer-Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. April 10, 1974. p. D2.
  14. ^ "Hawaiians' Calvin Hill out for the year". Nevada Daily Mail. Missouri. August 18, 1975. p. 8.
  15. ^ "Redskins sign Calvin Hill to multi-year pact". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. April 4, 1976. p. 1D.
  16. ^ "Running star Calvin Hill signs pact with Redskins". Florence Times. Alabama. UPI. April 4, 1976. p. 26.
  17. ^ "Redskins' Calvin Hill announces retirement". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. AP, UPI. August 8, 1978. p. 7C.
  18. ^ Changes mind Hill joins Browns
  19. ^ "Calvin Hill plays his final game". The Day. New London, Connecticut. Associated Press. December 21, 1981. p. 35.
  20. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Hill Gets Oriole Post". The New York Times. July 23, 1987. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  21. ^ Sun, Baltimore. "Calvin Hill". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  22. ^ ESPN - Dallas gives Johnson opportunity to resume career - NFL
  23. ^ Calvin Hill Day Care Center & Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten
  24. ^ Stannard, Ed (May 23, 2016). "Yale commencement notables include Calvin Hill, Audra McDonald, 3,628 graduates". New Haven Register. Retrieved May 24, 2016.

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1969 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1969 Dallas Cowboys season was their tenth in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 12–2, winning eleven games with one tie. They qualified for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

The Cowboys were second in the NFL in scoring (369 points), and led the league in rushing yards (2,276) and total yards (5,122). The Cowboys' defense also allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL (1,050) and the fewest rushing touchdowns (3).

1971 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1971 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 12th in the National Football League and the first at the new Texas Stadium in suburban Irving, Texas. The club led the NFL with 406 points scored. Their defense allowed 222 points.

For the sixth consecutive season, the Cowboys had a first-place finish. They won their second-consecutive NFC championship, then defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI to capture their first Super Bowl championship. They were the first team from the NFC to win a Super Bowl since the 1970 merger of the National Football League and the American Football League, and subsequently, the first team from the NFC East division to win the title.

1972 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1972 Dallas Cowboys season was their 13th in the league. The team failed to improve their previous output of 11–3, winning only ten games. They qualified for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season but settled for the wildcard spot. A pre-season injury to quarterback Roger Staubach and the trade of Duane Thomas (both had been integral figures in the 1971 championship team) hindered the offense (mitigated somewhat since their replacements, Craig Morton and Calvin Hill, were former starters). In the divisional playoff round, Staubach came off the bench to engineer an improbable 30–28 comeback win over the 49ers (Dallas had trailed by 28–16 with less than 2 minutes to play). The win over the 49ers still ranks as one of the all-time great Cowboys wins. However, the momentum could not carry them to a victory over Washington in the NFC Championship game.

1973 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team, the Newspaper Enterprise Association All-Pro team and the Pro Football Writers Association, and Pro Football Weekly All-Pro teams in 1973. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP, NEA, and PFWA teams. These are the four All-Pro teams that are included in the Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League and compose the Consensus All-pro team for 1973.

1973 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1973 Dallas Cowboys season was their 14th in the league. The team matched their previous output of 10–4. They qualified for the playoffs for the eighth straight season. After a 4-3 start the Cowboys won six of their last seven games to win the NFC East with a solid 10-4 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams 27-16 in Texas Stadium to earn their four straight Championship Game Appearance. However, not even the home crowd at Texas Stadium could help the Cowboys as they fell to the Minnesota Vikings 27-10.

1974 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1974 Dallas Cowboys season was their 15th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 10–4, winning only eight games. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and this marked the only season from 1966 to 1983 (18 seasons) that the Cowboys did not qualify.

The Cowboys began with a 1–4 start and although they went 7–2 afterwards, it was not enough to overcome the slow start.

The season featured one of the most memorable Thanksgiving Day games in Cowboys history. Trailing 16–3 in the second half (and having already lost quarterback Roger Staubach to injury), little used backup Clint Longley threw two touchdown passes to lead the team to a 24–23 victory over the Redskins at Texas Stadium.

1974 was also a season of transition; as it would be the final season of future Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly. Also finishing their careers that season would be fullback Walt Garrison; and center Dave Manders. Also, this would be the final season for wide receiver Bob Hayes (who would finish his career with the San Francisco 49ers the following year); running back Calvin Hill (who departed for the Hawaiians of the World Football League); defensive end Pat Toomay (who left for the Buffalo Bills); guard John Niland (who left the following year for the Philadelphia Eagles) and quarterback Craig Morton (traded early in the season to the New York Giants) in a Cowboy uniform.

1980 Cleveland Browns season

The 1980 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 35th overall, and 31st season in the National Football League. The Browns finished the regular season with eleven wins and five losses, and their first division title in since 1971, winning a tiebreaker with the Houston Oilers.

The 1980 Cleveland Browns were known as the Kardiac Kids for having several games decided in the final moments. The 1980 season was the first time that Cleveland had qualified for the postseason since 1972. Also, for the second straight year, Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano was named NFL Coach of the Year, and quarterback Brian Sipe was named the league's Most Valuable Player.

Rallying from a 10–0 first-half deficit against Cincinnati, the Browns came back to beat the Bengals 27–24 to finally snare the Central championship by having Don Cockroft kicked the game-winning 22-yard field goal with 1:25 left, then the Bengals tried to come back when got as far as the Cleveland 14 before time ran out.

The Browns played their first home playoff game in nine seasons against the Raiders, in what has become known as the Red Right 88 game. The Browns marched to the Oakland 13 in the waning seconds trailing by 14–12, but Brian Sipe's pass into the end zone for Hall of Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome was intercepted, ending Cleveland's season.

Five Players had 50 or more receptions, led by running back Mike Pruitt. Pruitt also rushed for 1,034 yards and six touchdowns. Running back Calvin Hill, recorded six touchdowns among his 27 catches. Wide receiver Ricky Feacher grabbed just 10 passes, but four went for scores, including two within a matter of minutes in the division-clinching win over the Bengals.

Calvin (given name)

Calvin is a masculine given name. It has been especially popular among American Protestants, who may be baptized as John Calvin to honor the religious leader, although in the judgement of the Oxford Dictionary of First Names,

the modern given name "owes its popularity as much to the New York fashion designer Calvin Klein [b. 1942] as to the theologian". In the United States, the name had a short burst of popularity in the mid-to-late 1920s,

due to president Calvin Coolidge (in office 1923–1929) and has remained of limited but more or less constant popularity since (fluctuating between ranks 130 and 231 during 1945–2016).Notable people with this name include:

John Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

Calvin Abrams, Major League Baseball outfielder

Calvin Abueva (born 1988), Filipino professional basketball player

Calvin Andrew (born 1986), English footballer

Calvin Borel, thoroughbred horse jockey

Calvin Broadus, rapper, better known as Snoop Dogg

Calvin Chen, a member of the Taiwanese boyband Fahrenheit

Calvin Cheng, fashion mogul

Calvin Galusha Coolidge, American politician

Calvin Gotlieb (born 1921), Canadian professor

Calvin Harris, Scottish electro musician/singer

Calvin Hill, former NFL player

Calvin Johnson (musician), frontman of Beat Happening and owner of indie label K Records

Calvin Johnson (American football), National Football League player

Calvin Klein (fashion designer)

Calvin "C. J." Miles, Jr., current National Basketball Association player

Calvin Miller, Scottish footballer

Calvin Murphy, former National Basketball Association player

Calvin Peete (1943 – 2015), American professional golfer

Calvin Pickard, National Hockey League goaltender

Calvin Ridley, American football player

Calvin Ripken, Jr., former Major League Baseball player

Calvin Ripken, Sr., former Major League Baseball player

Calvin Trillin, writerFictional characters:

Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes), a main character of the retired comic strip Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin Cambridge, main character in the 2002 film Like Mike

Calvin Valentine, a character in the soap opera Hollyoaks

Calvin Zabo, Mister Hyde, supervillain in Marvel Comics

Calvin, the titular alien in the 2017 film Life

Calvin Maxwell, the one of the protagonists in Power Rangers Ninja Steel

Fluid Records

Fluid Records was a jazz record label which released only 4 albums, although each featured legendary figures of the genre:

Paragon – Dave Holland, Barry Altschul

A Touch of the Blues – Clifford Jarvis, Cameron Brown

Confirmation Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Harper, Calvin Hill

Maple Leaf Rag – Herman Wright, Clifford Jarvis

Grant Hill

Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972) is an American former basketball player and current Hudl videographer for Orlando City SC. He is currently a host of NBA TV's NBA Inside Stuff. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association (NBA); the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Hill's parents are retired NFL Pro Bowl running back Calvin Hill and Janet Hill. He and his father were Rookies of the Year in their respective sports; Hill in the NBA in 1995 (shared with Jason Kidd), and his father in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys in 1969.

While playing college basketball at Duke, he was the 1994 ACC Player of the Year, a two-time NCAA All-American, and a two-time NCAA champion. As a professional he was the 1995 NBA co-Rookie of the Year, and was a seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection, and three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. He is also a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Throughout his college career and early in his years with the Detroit Pistons, Hill was widely considered to be one of the best all-around players in the game, often leading his team in points, rebounds and assists. Touted as one of the best players in Duke history, many went as far as to say that he was one of the greatest collegiate basketball players in his era. After his first six seasons with the Pistons, in which he averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, his next twelve seasons were mostly injury plagued, as he averaged just 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. On June 1, 2013, after 19 years in the league, Hill announced his retirement from the NBA. Hill and Tony Ressler officially purchased the Atlanta Hawks on June 24, 2015 for an estimated $730 million – $850 million.

List of programs broadcast by Epix

The following is a list of programs broadcast on Epix.

Lullaby of Birdland (album)

Lullaby of Birdland is a live album by saxophonist Lee Konitz featuring pianist Barry Harris which was recorded at Birdland in 1991 and released on the Candid label.

National Football League Rookie of the Year Award

Various entities present a National Football League Rookie of the Year Award each season to the top rookie(s) in the National Football League (NFL). The NFL considers the rookie of the year awards by the Associated Press (AP) to be its official honor. The AP awards and Pepsi's rookie of the year award are presented each year at the NFL Honors.

Pictures in a Frame

Pictures in a Frame is an album by American jazz drummer Max Roach recorded in 1979 for the Italian Soul Note label.

Sahara (McCoy Tyner album)

Sahara is a 1972 album by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, his first to be released on the Milestone label. It was recorded in January 1972 and features performances by Tyner with Sonny Fortune, Calvin Hill, and Alphonse Mouzon. The music shows African and Eastern influences and features Tyner playing koto, flute, and percussion in addition to his usual piano.

Song for My Lady

Song for My Lady is a 1973 album by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, his second to be released on the Milestone label. It was recorded in September and November 1972 and features performances by Tyner with Sonny Fortune, Calvin Hill, Alphonse Mouzon with Charles Tolliver and Mtume joining on two tracks.

Sweet Poppa Lou

Sweet Poppa Lou is a 1981 album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson, his first recording for the Muse label, featuring Donaldson's quartet with Herman Foster, Calvin Hill, Idris Muhammad, and additional percussion on three tracks by Ralph Dorsey.

The Hawaiians (WFL)

The Hawaiians were a professional American football team based in Honolulu that played in the World Football League. They played two seasons, 1974 and 1975. Their records were 9-11 in 1974 and 4-7-1 in 1975. Their home stadium was Honolulu Stadium in 1974 and Aloha Stadium in 1975. The best known player to play for the Hawaiians was former Dallas Cowboys running back Calvin Hill, though quarterback Jim Fassel became better known as a head coach decades later. The Hawaiians head coach was Michael Giddings who guided the Hawaiians through both the 1974 and 1975 World Football League seasons.

The franchise was originally going to be called the Honolulu Warriors, but a local team had trademarked that name. As a result, the team was known simply as "The Hawaiians", although the press frequently mistakenly called them the "Honolulu Hawaiians" or the "Hawaii Hawaiians." They were owned by real estate developer Christopher Hemmeter for the first season. He was named league president in 1975, and sold the Hawaiians to jewel merchant Edward Sultan, Jr.

To keep the NFL out of Hawaii, the WFL had the Hawaiians play their games on Sundays, while the rest of the league played (mostly) on Wednesday nights. This resulted in confusion, since one team played a different schedule from the rest of the league, and teams had to fly back to the mainland Sunday night to play again on Wednesday night. The franchise also made the mistake of allowing a same-day tape delay of their home games, meaning many Hawaiians' fans would watch the game on TV later on that day. (As a result, the Hawaiians drew just 13,031 fans per game, ahead of only New York and Detroit, neither of which finished the season.) Eventually, the Hawaiians switched to playing on Wednesday nights.

Even with these missteps, the Hawaiians represented a serious attempt to form a viable professional football organization, one that at least had the potential for success had the WFL been better run. They were one of only three teams that did not miss a payroll during the league's first season. (False accounts had said some players released from the team could not afford to get to the mainland.) Hemmeter and his original partner, Sam Battisone (who also owned the NBA's New Orleans Jazz) were among the few owners thought to be capable of fielding a team in 1975.It was the first and, to date, only major professional American football team to establish its home base outside the contiguous 48 states. (This excludes the Pro Bowl teams, which have called Hawaii home from 1980 to 2009 and again in 2011, 2012 and 2016.)

WFL All-Time Team

The WFL All-Time Team is a list of the top players in the history of the World Football League chosen by fans of the WFL. It includes a First-team, a Second-team. Absent from the team are the high-dollar signees from the National Football League, such as Larry Csonka, Paul Warfield, Calvin Hill, Duane Thomas, John Gilliam, George Sauer, and others. The WFL had all-league teams chosen in 1974 by "The Sporting News" and by the players/coaches . The World Football League played in 1974 and 1975, although the 1975 season was ended after 12 of 18 scheduled games.

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