Pat Studstill (born June 4, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a former National Football League punter and wide receiver from (1961-1972) for the Detroit Lions, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.
He played in the 1956 season for then young starting coach Lee Hedges at C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport. Studstill's best year was 1966, when he was second in the NFL with 67 receptions and led the League with 1266 receiving yards. One of his five touchdowns went for 99 yards, making him, at the time, the third player to accomplish this feat and the first to accomplish it while not wearing a Redskins uniform. Since then, eight other players have accomplished the same feat. In 1966, he had 5 consecutive games with 125+ pass yards, which had since been tied by Calvin Johnson.
He is remembered for having been the last player not to wear a Riddell facemask.
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|NFL draft||1961 / Round:|
|1968–1971||Los Angeles Rams|
|1972||New England Patriots|
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The 1962 Detroit Lions season was the 33rd season in franchise history. In one of the best regular seasons in their history, the Lions posted an 11–3 record (.786), but finished two games behind the eventual NFL champion Packers in the NFL Western Conference. It was third straight season the Lions finished as runner-up to the Packers in the West.
As conference runner-up, Detroit won their third consecutive Playoff Bowl game over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17–10. The third place game was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami on January 6, three weeks after the end of the regular season.The Lions never trailed by more than seven points at any point in any game during the season, a feat that was not repeated for 48 years. Their 26–14 win over the Packers
on Thanksgiving Day in Week 11 denied defending champion Green Bay the NFL's first true perfect season. The Lions were up 26–0 in the fourth quarter before Green Bay scored two touchdowns; the Packers had won the first meeting 9–7 in the mud in Green Bay with a late field goal on October 7.1966 All-Pro Team
The Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and New York Daily News selected All-Pro players following the 1966 NFL season.1966 Detroit Lions season
The 1966 Detroit Lions season was their 37th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 6–7–1, winning only four games. They missed the playoffs for the ninth straight season and incurred their second losing record in a row.1966 in Michigan
Events from the year 1966 in Michigan.
The Detroit Free Press (DFP) and the Associated Press (AP) each selected lists of the top stories of 1966 in Michigan. The AP provided separate lists of the top stories selected in statewide polling of editors and broadcasters (APE) and another selected by the AP staff (APS). Those stories included:
George W. Romney's landslide re-election as Governor of Michigan on November 8 and his rise in prominence as a possible Republican Presidential candidate in 1968 (APE-1, APS-1, DFP-1);
The November 8 United States Senate election in which incumbent Republican Robert P. Griffin (appointed by Gov. Romney to complete the term of Patrick V. McNamara who died in April) defeated former Gov. G. Mennen Williams (APE-2, APS-4, DFP-1 [as part of the "Romney sweep"]);
The controversy over automobile safety triggered by the publication of Ralph Nader's "Unsafe at Any Speed" and culminating in the Highway Safety Act of 1966 mandating certain safety standards, and revelation that an investigator hired by General Motors was digging into Nader's past (APE-3, APS-2, DFP-5);
The fatal shooting on February 12 of Rabbi Morris Adler and his assailant's suicide in front of 900 worshipers at a Sabbath service at Shaarey Zedek synagogue in Southfield (APE-4, APS-9, DFP-3);
Racial tensions, including incidents in Lansing starting on August 8, a fire bombing in East Detroit, incidents in Ypsilanti and Muskegon, and culminating with the Benton Harbor riots following a fatal shooting on August 30 (APE-6, APS-3, DFP-7 [east side of Detroit]);
The November 29 sinking in Lake Huron of the ore carrier SS Daniel J. Morrell with the death of 28 of 29 crew members (APE [occurred after ballots cast], APS-7, DFP-6);
Teacher strikes in the spring and fall (APE-7, APS-5, DFP-8);
UFO sightings by hundreds of persons in Washtenaw County in the spring which were later identified as "swamp gas" by an Air Force investigator (APE-5, APS-6, DFP-10);
A grand jury probe into "black book" charges at the Detroit Police Department (APE-9, DFP-2);
The August 2 primary contest in which former Gov. G. Mennen Williams soundly defeated Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh for the Democratic Party's U.S. Senate nomination (APE-8);
The automobile industry's increase in prices on 1967 models to reflect new safety upgrades mandated by the government, and the subsequent roll-back of those increases following public criticism (APE-10, APS-10);
A tuberculosis outbreak infecting 14 children and caused by an infected teacher at a nursery school in Garden City (DFP-4);
A report by researchers at Wayne State University that they had developed a cancer vaccine (APS-8); and
An April boycott by African-American students at Detroit's Northern High School (DFP-10).The AP and United Press International (UPI) also selected the state's top 1966 sports stories as follows:
The 1966 Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country and ending in a 10–10 tie (AP-1, UPI-1);
Michigan State's loss to UCLA in the 1966 Rose Bowl (AP-2);
The 1966 Michigan State Spartans football team's undefeated season (UPI-3);
The deaths of Detroit Tigers' manager Charlie Dressen on August 10 and of interim manager Bob Swift on October 17; (AP-3, AP-8, UPI-2)
The 1965–66 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team winning its third consecutive Big Ten Conference championship led by Cazzie Russell (AP-5, UPI-4);
The Detroit Lions' personnel problems, including Joe Don Looney's refusal to play, dissension among players, and criticism of head coach Harry Gilmer (AP-4, UPI-5);
The Detroit Lions' mid-season resurgence led by the passing of rookie quarterback Karl Sweetan, the receiving of Pat Studstill, and the kicking of Garo Yepremian (AP-6, UPI-6 [Sweetan only]);
The death of Chuck Thompson in a crash during the APBA Gold Cup race on the Detroit River (AP-7);
The appointment of Mayo Smith as manager of the Detroit Tigers (AP-10, UPI-8);
Earl Wilson's strong 18-11 season as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (UPI-7);
Cazzie Russell of Michigan named the UPI Player of the Year (UPI-9); and
Denny McLain winning 20 games for the Detroit Tigers (UPI-10).1967 All-Pro Team
The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team in 1967. Players from the first and second teams are listed, with players from the first team in bold, where applicable.1967 Detroit Lions season
The 1967 Detroit Lions season was the 38th season in franchise history. On August 5, the Lions played the Denver Broncos in an exhibition game. The Broncos beat the Lions by a score of 13–7 and became the first AFL team to beat an NFL team.The Lions boasted both the NFL's Offensive and Defensive rookies of the year: running back Mel Farr and cornerback Lem Barney.1968 Los Angeles Rams season
The 1968 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 31st year with the National Football League and the 23rd season in Los Angeles.1969 Los Angeles Rams season
The 1969 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 32nd year with the National Football League and the 24th season in Los Angeles.1970 Los Angeles Rams season
The 1970 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 33rd year with the National Football League and the 25th season in Los Angeles. The team looked to improve on its 11-3 record from 1969. However, the Rams missed their mark by two games, and finished with a respectable 9-4-1 record. Despite the winning record, the team missed the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 seasons.99-yard pass play
A 99-yard pass play is the longest play involving a forward pass that is possible in an American football game. It gains 99 yards and scores a touchdown for the offensive team.Karl Sweetan
Karl Robert Sweetan (October 2, 1942 in Dallas, Texas – July 2, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nevada) was a professional NFL quarterback who played in five NFL seasons from 1966 to 1970 for 3 teams. He is tied with several other players for the record longest pass completion (99 yards to Pat Studstill on October 16, 1966) against the Colts. However, the Lions lost 45-14 in front of 60,238 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. It is notable that he was the first non-Redskins quarterback to accomplish this feat. He was the Lions starting quarterback during the filming of the movie Paper Lion. He also saw playing time in the Canadian Football League with the 1964 Toronto Argonauts. Sweetan also gained notoriety of sorts later when it was alleged that he tried to sell an NFL football playbook to another team; however, the charge was not proven.List of Detroit Lions first-round draft picks
The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.
Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1929 as an independent professional team, one of many such teams in the Ohio and Scioto River valleys. For the 1930 season, the Spartans formally joined the NFL as the other area independents folded because of the Great Depression. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth, then the NFL's smallest city. The team was purchased and moved to Detroit for the 1934 season.
The Lions have won four NFL Championships, tied for 9th overall in total championships amongst all 32 NFL franchises; although the last was in 1957, which gives the club the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals. They are one of four current teams to have never played in the Super Bowl.List of National Football League annual punt return yards leaders
This is a list of National Football League punt returners who have led the regular season in punt return yards each year. The record for punt return yards in a season is currently held by Desmond Howard of the Green Bay Packers who had 875 yards in 1996.List of National Football League annual punting yards leaders
This is a season-by-season list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in punting yards.Record-keeping for punting yards began in 1939, when Parker Hall led the league with 2,369 punting yards, while playing for the Cleveland Rams (now known as the Los Angeles Rams). Hall also became the first player to lead the league in punting yards in consecutive seasons, leading in 1939 and 1940. Since then, Dave Zastudil has set the record for punting yards in a season, when he led the league in 2012, with 5,209 punting yards, while playing with the Arizona Cardinals.John James and Shane Lechler share the record of most seasons leading the league in punting yards, with four each. James led the league in 1974, 1976, 1977, and 1978, while Lechler lead the league in 2003, 2008, 2009, and 2017. James played for the Atlanta Falcons throughout all four of these seasons, whereas Lechler played for the Oakland Raiders in 2003, 2008, and 2009, and then with the Houston Texans in 2017. James is also the only player to have the led the league in three consecutive seasons (1976–1978), although many other players have been able to lead the league in two consecutive seasons. Johnny Hekker was the most recent player to accomplish this, leading in 2015, while playing for the St. Louis Rams, and again in 2016, when the team relocated to Los Angeles.List of National Football League annual receiving yards leaders
In American football, passing, along with running (also referred to as rushing), is one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. Passes are typically attempted by the quarterback, but any offensive player can attempt a pass provided they are behind the line of scrimmage. To qualify as a passing play, the ball must have initially moved forward after leaving the hands of the passer; if the ball initially moved laterally or backwards, the play would instead be considered a running play. A player who catches a forward pass is a receiver, and the number of receiving yards each player has recorded in each season is a recorded stat in football games. In addition to the overall National Football League (NFL) receiving champion, league record books recognize statistics from the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the NFL in 1970, Although league record books do not recognize stats from the All-America Football Conference, another league that merged with the NFL, these statistics are recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. The average the yards the leader has gained has increased over time – since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, all but one season saw the receiving leader record over 1,000 yards. No player has ever finished with over 2,000 receiving yards in a season; the current record is 1,964 yards, set by Calvin Johnson during the 2012 season. Wes Chandler, who led the league with 1,032 yards in the strike-shortened 1982 season, averaged 129 yards receiving per game, an NFL record.Don Hutson led the league in receiving yards seven times, the most of any player; Jerry Rice is second with six. Hutson also recorded the most consecutive seasons leading the league in receiving, doing so for five seasons from 1941 to 1945, while Jerry Rice ranks second with three consecutive league-leading seasons from 1993 to 1995. A Green Bay Packers player has led the league in receiving yards eleven times, the most in the NFL; the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams rank second with nine league-leading seasons. The most recent receiving yards leader was Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, who recorded 1,677 receiving yards over the 2018 season.Money on the Side
Money on the Side is a 1982 American made-for-television drama film starring Karen Valentine, Jamie Lee Curtis and Linda Purl as three women who become prostitutes, working for madam Karen Gordon (Susan Flannery).Off Sides (Pigs vs. Freaks)
Off Sides (Pigs vs. Freaks) (originally titled Pigs vs. Freaks) is a 1984 American made-for-television sports comedy film. Based on a short film by Jack Epps Jr., the feature-length film was scheduled for release in 1980 but was not actually released until 1984. Directed by Dick Lowry, it stars Eugene Roche, Grant Goodeve and Tony Randall. It was broadcast on television, not released as a theatrical feature.Paper Lion (film)
Paper Lion is a 1968 sports comedy film starring Alan Alda as writer George Plimpton, based on Plimpton's 1966 nonfiction book of the same name depicting his tryout with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. The film premiered in Detroit on October 2, 1968, and was released nationwide the week of October 14, 1968.Wendell Tucker
Wendell Edward Tucker (born September 4, 1943) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams. He was also a member of the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. He played college football at South Carolina State University.