Jack Concannon

John Joseph "Jack" Concannon, Jr. (February 25, 1943 – November 28, 2005) was an American football player. He played professionally as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions.[1][2]

Jack Concannon
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Concanoon in 1962
No. 3, 11, 10
Position:Quarterback, halfback
Personal information
Born:February 25, 1943
Boston, Massachusetts
Died:November 28, 2005 (aged 62)
Newton, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Cambridge (MA) Matignon
College:Boston College
NFL Draft:1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 16
AFL draft:1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
  (Boston Patriots)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Scanlan Award (1963)
Career NFL statistics
Passer rating:54.8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Playing career

He played halfback and quarterback for Boston College and was the first selection of the 1964 American Football League draft, picked by the Boston Patriots on November 30, 1963. Concannon was the 16th overall selection in the 1964 NFL draft, taken in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles, who signed him to a $50,000 contract.[3]

He saw limited playing time behind Eagles starting quarterback Norm Snead. In 1966, Concannon led the Eagles to several early December wins that allowed Philadelphia to finish the season with a 9–5 record and a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference of the NFL. He played with Philadelphia from 1964 through 1966 and then was traded to the Chicago Bears for tight end Mike Ditka. He played for five years with the Bears. In 1967, Concannon rushed for a career-high 279 yards, but he was injured during the 1968 season and never put up significant rushing numbers again. His most productive season as a passer came in 1970, when he set career marks with 385 attempts, 194 completions, 2130 yards, and 16 TDs; as well as throwing 18 interceptions. His performance quickly dropped off after that, as he was limited to just three games due to an injury in 1971, his last season with the Bears. He was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, and played on the practice squad for two seasons. He was picked up by the Green Bay Packers in 1974 and ended his career as a backup in 1975 with the Detroit Lions.

Legal problems

In March 1981, Concannon was arrested on charges that he delivered a kilogram (2.2 lb) of cocaine to an undercover drug agent in Schaumburg, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago.[4][5] A year later in March 1982, he was acquitted.[6] He successfully argued entrapment after admitting he was in desperate financial straits, but Cook County Criminal Court Judge Earl Strayhorn admonished Concannon:[7]

"Seldom have I been confronted with a situation where a man has displayed such woeful lack of good judgment, particularly when that person has been in the limelight . . . has been supposedly a leader of men."[6]

Other work

During his NFL career, Concannon became a partner in a restaurant. He also dabbled in acting, with a cameo appearance in the original theatrical film MASH (1970), and as himself in the critically acclaimed TV movie Brian's Song (1971),[8][9] the story of Chicago Bears teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers.


Concannon died at age 62 in 2005 of a heart attack in Newton, Massachusetts.[1][2][9] He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Waltham.


  1. ^ a b Fitzpatrick, Frank (December 1, 2005). "Jack Concannon dies at 62". Philadelphia Inquirer. (obituary). Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Pierson, Don (November 30, 2005). "Jack Concannon 1943-2005". Chicago Tribune. (obituary). Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  3. ^ "Eagles land QB Jack Concannon". Daytona Beach Mourning Journal. Associated Press. December 14, 1963. p. 15.
  4. ^ Wood, Henry (March 19, 1981). "Ex-Bear Concannon arrested on drug charge". Chicago Tribune. p. 3, section 4.
  5. ^ "Concannon is arrested, charged for dealing dope". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. March 19, 1981. p. 1, part 2.
  6. ^ a b Brodt, Bonita (March 20, 1982). "Concannon freed in drug case". Chicago Tribune. p. 5, section 1.
  7. ^ "Jack Concannon freed by judge". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. UPI. March 20, 1982. p. 12B.
  8. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (1987). Movies Made For Television: The Telefeature and the Mini-series, 1964-1986. New York: Baseline/New York Zoetrope. pp. 53–4. ISBN 0-918432-85-5.
  9. ^ a b "Jack Concannon, former star QB at Boston College". The Boston Globe. November 30, 2005. Retrieved June 4, 2010.

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1962 Boston College Eagles football team

The 1962 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College as an independent during the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. The team compiled an 8–2 record and outscored opponents by a total of 250 to 123.In January 1962, Jim Miller was signed to a three-year contract as the team's head coach. Miller had led the Detroit Titans football team to an 18–10 record from 1959 to 1961. The Eagles opened their 1962 season with a 27–0 victory over Miller's old team.The team's defense gave up only 236.2 yards of total offense per game, a figure that ranks fourth best in school history. The defense also recorded a school record 26 interceptions (45 total turnovers) in only 10 games.The Eagles' sole losses were to Syracuse (0–12) and Navy (6–26). Navy's sophomore quarterback Roger Staubach threw two touchdown passes against Boston College. In the team's October 27 victory over Houston, the defense set a single-game record by allowing the Cougars to gain only 72 yards of total offense.The team played its home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

1968 Green Bay Packers season

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1970 Chicago Bears season

The 1970 Chicago Bears season was their 51st regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record, another below .500 showing, but a significant improvement over their 1–13 record of the previous season.

1970 Detroit Lions season

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John Fadule: 2015

Jeff Smith: 2015

Troy Flutie: 2015

Darius Wade: 2015

Tyler Murphy: 2014

Chase Rettig: 2010–2013

Dave Shinskie: 2009–2010

Dominique Davis: 2008

Chris Crane: 2008

Matt Ryan: 2005–2007

Quinton Porter: 2005

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Mark Hartsell: 1994–1995

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Willie Hicks: 1990

Mark Kamphaus: 1989

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Mike Power: 1988–1989

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Shawn Halloran: 1985–1986

Doug Flutie: 1981–1984

John Loughery: 1979–1980

Jay Palazola: 1978–1979

Ken Smith: 1976–1977

Mike Kruczek: 1974–1975

Gary Marangi: 1971–1973

Frank Harris: 1968–1970

Joe DiVito: 1966–1967

Ed Foley: 1964–1965

Larry Marzetti: 1964

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Bill Donlan: 1955–1956

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