Jerry Tagge

Jerry Lee Tagge (born April 12, 1950) is a former American football player. He played college football as quarterback at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to consecutive national championships in 1970 and 1971. Tagge played professionally with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1972 to 1974, the San Antonio Wings of the World Football League (WFL) in 1975, and the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1977 to 1979.

Jerry Tagge
No. 8, 14, 17
Born:April 12, 1950 (age 68)
Omaha, Nebraska
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
High schoolGreen Bay West (WI)
NFL draft1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Drafted byGreen Bay Packers
Career history
As player
19721974Green Bay Packers
1975San Antonio Wings
19771979BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1977
CFL West All-Star1977
AwardsJeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy (1977)
Career stats
Passing Yards1,583

Early life

Tagge was born at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha, Nebraska, the third child and second son of William Robert (Billy) Tagge and Lois Jurczyk Tagge.

As a teenager in the mid-1960s in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Tagge sold concessions at Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers, then coached by Vince Lombardi. He graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1968.[1]

College career

Tagge played college football at Nebraska under head coach Bob Devaney. In his sophomore year in 1969, Tagge rose to second-string quarterback. His playing time increased until midway through his junior year when he took over the starting position from Van Brownson, leading the team to a 10–0–1 season and a matchup with LSU in the 1971 Orange Bowl. Tagge scored the game-winning touchdown in a 17–12 victory over the Tigers on a quarterback sneak, earning himself Most Valuable Player honors, and the Huskers the AP national championship for 1970. Both #1 Texas and #2 Ohio State lost their bowl games on New Year's Day. (Through the 1973 season, the final UPI coaches' poll was released in December, before the bowls.)

In his senior season in 1971, Tagge quarterbacked the Huskers for the entire season, including the "Game of the Century" against the undefeated Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, a 35–31 victory on Thanksgiving Day. Nebraska crushed undefeated Alabama, 38–6, in the 1972 Orange Bowl, earning Tagge MVP honors for the second time. The Huskers finished 13–0 in 1971 and were a consensus choice, earning consecutive national titles. Nebraska had defeated the next three teams in the final AP poll: Oklahoma, Colorado (31–7 in Lincoln), and Alabama. Tagge then played in the Hula Bowl in Honolulu, leading the North to a 24–7 win over the South.

Tagge was the first of three Nebraska Cornhuskers selected in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft, along with running back Jeff Kinney and defensive tackle Larry Jacobson.

Professional career

Tagge's performance earned the notice of Dan Devine, head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Devine was formerly the head coach at Missouri in the Big Eight Conference, through the 1970 season. On his recommendation, the Packers selected Tagge in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft (11th overall). Tagge did not enjoy the success in his hometown that he had at Nebraska, completing only three touchdown passes in 17 games played during three seasons from 1972 to 1974. Following the 1974 season, Devine left the Packers for Notre Dame and the new head coach was Bart Starr, who released Tagge during the 1975 preseason, in early September.[2][3]

Tagge signed with the San Antonio Wings of the short-lived World Football League. He started in the Wings' final game on October 19, 1975 and was intercepted five times; he ran for two touchdowns and threw for another.[4] The Wings folded three days later with the rest of the WFL on October 22.[5]

Tagge then moved north to Canada to the CFL, joining the BC Lions in 1977. He finally saw plenty of playing time as a starter, and was awarded the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy in his first season. He played three seasons with BC, until a knee injury ended his career in 1979.

Post-football career and life

In 1981, Tagge moved to St. Louis, where he sold apartment buildings. He also met his future wife, Betty, whom he married the following year. He returned to Nebraska in 1986, initially selling life insurance, then founded Tagge-Rutherford Financial Services in Omaha, for which he serves as executive vice president.

Career highlights

As the Nebraska Cornhuskers' quarterback, he led his team to national titles in 1970 and 1971, was named Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1971 and 1972 and shared honors as Hula Bowl MVP with Walt Patulski of Notre Dame, the first selection in the 1972 Draft. Additionally, Tagge was an All-American in 1971 and is a member of the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

At Nebraska, Tagge threw for 5,071 yards, completing 377 of 637 passes (59.2%), 32 for touchdowns. He was a first-round draft choice, 11th overall, of the Green Bay Packers in 1972.

In three years with the Packers, Tagge played 17 games completing 136 of 281 passes for 1583 yards,3 TDs, and 17 interceptions. In 1975, he played briefly for the Wings in the WFL, where completed 18 of 34 passes for 265 yards, 1 TD, and 5 interceptions.

In 1977, he moved north to Canada, where he was named a CFL all-star and winner of the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy and runner-up for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award. In 1977, he completed 232 of 405 passes for 2787 yards, and in 1978, he hit 243 of 430 passes for 3134 yards. He played part of the 1979 season before injuries forced him to retire.

As a professional quarterback, Tagge had 718 completions in 1,304 attempts for 9,277 yards and 38 TDs.

See also


  1. ^ Hendricks, Martin (October 7, 2009). "Years later, Tagge is finally at peace". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Tagge cut by Packers". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. September 5, 1975. p. 17.
  3. ^ Hofmann, Dale (September 6, 1975). "Packers cut Tagge, but he won't give up". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  4. ^ "Steamer, 41-31". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 20, 1975. p. 6C.
  5. ^ "WFL finally drowns in its own red ink". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 23, 1975. p. 6C.
  • Buechler, August F., History of Hall County, Nebraska. Western Publishing and Engraving, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1920.
  • Kelly, Michael, "Tagge Finds Peace Off Field," Omaha World-Herald, October 3, 2004.
  • Rodgers, Johnny, An Era of Greatness. Champion Publishing, Inc., 2006.

External links

1969 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1969 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 1969 college football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. In his first year as offensive coordinator, Tom Osborne instituted the I formation. The team started 2–2, then won their final six regular season games to tie for the conference championship. They were invited to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, where they decisively beat the Georgia Bulldogs to finish the season at 9–2. The strong finish in 1969 was followed by national championships for the Huskers in 1970 and 1971.

1969 Sun Bowl

The 1969 Sun Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game that featured the Georgia Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference and the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference. It was played on December 20 in El Paso, Texas.

1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The Huskers went 11–0–1 to win the first of two consecutive national championships.

1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska in the 1971 NCAA University Division football season. Nebraska was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The Huskers were undefeated at 13–0, repeating as national champions.

1971 Orange Bowl

The 1971 Orange Bowl was played the night of January 1 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The final major bowl game of the 1970 college football season, it featured the third-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, champions of the Big Eight Conference, and the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers, champions of the Southeastern Conference.

Earlier on New Year's Day, the two top-ranked teams lost their bowl games: #1 Texas in the Cotton and #2 Ohio State in the Rose. The Huskers were aware when they took the field that night that they could claim the top ranking in the AP writers poll with a victory. An LSU victory would likely have given Notre Dame the national title.

1972 Green Bay Packers season

The 1972 Green Bay Packers season was their 54th season overall and their 52nd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 10–4 record under second-year head coach Dan Devine, earning them the NFC Central division title. The Packers returned to the playoffs after a four-year drought; their most recent division title was in 1967, completing that postseason with a decisive win in Super Bowl II in January 1968.

In 1972, Green Bay entered the penultimate regular season game at Minnesota on December 10 with an 8–4 record. The Vikings (7–5) had won the season's earlier game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay by breaking a fourth quarter tie with two interceptions for touchdowns. This time, the Packers overcame a 7–0 halftime deficit at Metropolitan Stadium with 23 unanswered points to clinch the division title. Running back John Brockington became the first in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, and did it again the following season.

Placekicker Chester Marcol established an NFL rookie record for field goals in a season (since broken). It was the fifteenth and final season of hall of fame linebacker Ray Nitschke.

The Packers' next division title came 23 years later, in 1995.

1972 Orange Bowl

The 1972 Orange Bowl was played the night of January 1 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. In the final game of the 1971 college football season, the top-ranked and defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference soundly defeated the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference, 38–6.

1973 Green Bay Packers season

The 1973 Green Bay Packers season was their 55th season overall and their 53rd season in the National Football League. The defending division champions posted a 5–7–2 record under third-year head coach Dan Devine, earning them a third-place finish in the NFC Central division.

1974 Green Bay Packers season

The 1974 Green Bay Packers season was their 56th season overall and their 54th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record under fourth-year head coach Dan Devine, a consecutive third-place finish in the NFC Central division. The Packers lost their last three games, all to non-playoff teams.

With a year remaining on his five-year contract, Devine resigned a day after the last game of the regular season and returned to college football at Notre Dame, following the sudden retirement of Ara Parseghian. Devine was succeeded as head coach at Green Bay by hall of fame quarterback Bart Starr, hired on Christmas Eve.

1977 BC Lions season

The 1977 BC Lions finished in second place in the Western Conference with a 10–6 record. They appeared in the West Final.

General Manager Bob Ackles started a complete shakeup of the organization by bringing Edmonton assistant Vic Rapp in as the 10th Head Coach on January 21st.

Ackles also recruited Jerry Tagge, who quarterbacked the two-time NCAA champion University of Nebraska and was a high first round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers. Tagge, who never found success with Green Bay, was enticed to come up to Canada to resurrect his football career. Tagge had a solid season throwing for 2787 yards but more importantly led the Lions to 10 victories and several last-minute heroics that earned the 1977 Lions the label the "Cardiac Kids". Tagge was the western nominee for Outstanding Player, but lost out to running back JImmy Edwards of Hamilton for the Outstanding Player Award in the CFL.

Al Wilson finally won the Schenley award for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and receiver/return Leon Bright captured the Schenley Rookie award.

Rapp was named the Canadian Football League's Coach of the Year.

Tagge, Wilson and Bright were the 3 Lions selected to the CFL All-star team.

1977 CFL season

The 1977 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 24th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 20th Canadian Football League season.

1978 BC Lions season

The 1978 BC Lions finished in fourth place in the CFL Western Conference with a 7–7–2 record and failed to make the playoffs. A six-game mid-season losing streak, primarily to western opponents, cost the Lions a playoff spot.

Quarterback Jerry Tagge had 3134 yards passing and 20 interceptions. The offence was driven by rookie running back Larry Key, who had 1054 yards rushing, 504 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

Centre Al Wilson was selected to the CFL all-star team for the 4th consecutive season.

A new uniform was introduced which included the white helmet, orange and white colour scheme and now iconic mountain lion head logo. The traditional secondary colour of black was altered to a dark brown. The uniforms would become synonymous with the powerhouse teams of the 1980s in brand new BC Place stadium. The logo, despite a few changes along the way since, is still used by the team to this day.

1979 BC Lions season

The 1979 BC Lions finished in third place in the Western Conference with a 9–6–1 record. They appeared in the West Semi-Final.

Jerry Tagge had a great start to the season and led the Lions to a 6-1-1 record. However, he suffered a catastrophic knee injury mid-season that would end his career. Under sophomore backup Joe Paopao, the Lions lost five, but finished third with a 9-6-1 record, before bowing out to Calgary in the semi-final. The duo threat backfield of Larry Key with 1060 rushing yards & 289 receiving yards and John Henry White with 776 rushing yards & 422 receiving yards help carry the team after Tagge went down.

Key was a CFL All-star, along with Centre Al Wilson (for 5th straight season) and kicker Lui Passaglia who was led the league punting and was 2nd in league scoring.

After the season, "Dirty Thirty" Jim Young retired from football after 13 seasons. He retired as the Lions all-time leading receiver with 9248 yards and 65 touchdowns. Young's receiving yardage record would stand for 31 years.

Norm Fieldgate became the second Lions player to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Larry Jacobson

Larry Paul Jacobson (born December 10, 1949) is a former professional football player, a defensive tackle for the New York Giants of the NFL. A first round selection in the 1972 NFL Draft (24th overall) and starter in his rookie year, his pro career was cut short by major injuries to the leg and foot.He played in Senior Bowl.

List of BC Lions starting quarterbacks

The following is a list of starting quarterbacks for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League that have started a regular season game for the team. This list does not include preseason nor postseason appearances. They are listed in order of most appearances at quarterback for the Lions.

List of Green Bay Packers players

The following is a list of notable past or present players of the Green Bay Packers professional American football team.

List of Green Bay Packers starting quarterbacks

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and are the third-oldest franchise in the National Football League (NFL). The club was founded in 1919 by coach, player, and future Hall of Fame inductee Curly Lambeau and sports and telegraph editor George Whitney Calhoun. The Packers competed against local teams for two seasons before entering the NFL in 1921.

The Packers have had 46 starting quarterbacks (QB) in the history of their franchise. The Packers' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Curly Lambeau, Tony Canadeo, Arnie Herber, Bart Starr and Brett Favre. The team's first starting quarterback was Norm Barry, while the longest serving was Brett Favre. The Packers' starting quarterback for the 2018 season was Aaron Rodgers, who was playing in his 14th season in the NFL.

They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Packers.

Scott Hunter (American football)

James Scott Hunter (born November 19, 1947) is a former professional football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for eight seasons in the 1970s. He played for the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, and Detroit Lions.


Tagge is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Jerry Tagge (born 1950), American football player

Jørn Ronnie Tagge (born 1969), Norwegian businessman and fraudster

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