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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 28, 1967
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(Ark.) Courier New§ — Thursday, Dec«mb«r 2», 19*7 — fift Hint Players 9 Mi-Pro Colts, Rams, (' GB Lead By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEW YORK - (NEA) - The Baltimore Colts for the offense, the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams for the defense—that theme dominates the 1967 All-Players All-Pro team announced today by Newspaper Enterprise Association. Johnny Unitas, the incomparable quarterback of the Colts, was a virtually unanimous choice for his position. David (Deacon) Jones of the Rams is solidly ensconced at one defensive end, with no opposition. And Dave Robinson, the strong side corner linebacker for the Packers, was a run-away sleection on the same defensive unit. The Colts placed three men on offense, the Rams and Packers three each on defense. The two other solid vote-getters on this 22-man squad were the running backs—Gale Sayers of Chicago and Cleveland's Leroy Kelly—who attracted the same unanimity of opinion a year ago. But not all positions were clear-cut.. At light end on defense John Mackey of the Colts barely nudged out the Smith boys, Jerry of Washington and Jackie of St. Louis. For the flanker spot, Homer Jones of New York won by a neck over Bob Hayes of Dallas in a race between the two fastest men in the league. Ralph Neely, Hayes' teammate, would certainly have mustered more support for a tackle spot if he hadn't been impeded by injuries this year. The center job was no snap for Minnesota's Miefc Tingelhoff with Bob DeMarco of St. Louis around. On defense, there was a tight three-way tussle at middle linebacker, with Dick Butkus of Chicago nosing out Tommy Nobis of Atlanta and Ray Nitschke of Green Bay. One corner post was closely contest between Dave Wilcox of San Francisco, the winner, and Chuck Howley of Dallas, a '66 choice. The voting, conducted by NEA, came from the finest judges of all—the 640 players on the 16 teams in the NFL. Their selections, narrowed down to the 22 positions on offense and defense, will be graphically presented on a special pre- game show prepared by the telecast of the National Football League championship game on Dec. 31. These are the men who'll be seen in vivid filmed action: OFFENSE John Mackey, Colts, tight end—Combination gazelle and bull, top-notch blocker who's also best deep threat for Unitas bombs. Charley Taylor, Redskins, split end—No better runner after he catches the ball. Less than two.years on the job. Wait'H he gets acclimated! Homer Jones, Giants, flanker—"He oughta be outlawed," says Cards' Charley Winner. Homer's not much when not catching ball, but who cares? Bob Vogel, Colts, tackle—Could be smallest offensive tackle in league, but he's steady, pass protector, an all-pro repeater. Ernie McMillan, Cards, tackle—Finally getting recognition he probably deserved couple of years ago. Strong at moving . people'out. Gene Hickerson, Browns, guard—Erstwhile messenger man now sends out his own signals as path sweeper for strong Cleveland running. Howard Mudd, 49crs, guard—If there's a surprise in the array, he's it. But not to the players who've had to climb over him. Mick Tinglehoff, Vikings, center—Steady plugger whose forte is picking up blitzes. A free agent who made it on his own. John Ufiilas, Colts, quarterback—The nonpareil. Success won't spoil him. Added another notch to his all-time target shooting. Gale Sayers, Bears, running—They say he had slow start. First slow thing he's been accused of in his life. Leroy Kelly, Browns, running back—Carbon copy, mini- size, of predecessor Jimmy Brown, right down to the hairdo and slick clothes. DEFENSE Deacon Jones, Rams, end—The Deacon's become the premier defensive player in football because he can outrun most backs. Willie Davis, Packers, end—Like Old Man River, he just keeps flowing with the action. Willie's forte is also leadership. Merlin Olsen, Rams, tackle—Brute strength under a •mart head produces intense interior pressure. He blows people down. Bob Lilly, Cowboys, tackle—Best tribute is that other teams constantly double- and triple-team him. Great lateral mobility. Dick Butkusu, Bears, middle backer—Bruiser who intimidates quarterbacks and runners alike. Gung ho performer at all tunes. Dave Robinson, Packers, corner backer—The ideal combination of size, speed, smartness. And affinity for making the big play. Dave Wilcox, 49ers, corner backer—Stands out the hard way on team not noted for defense. Another big guy who can move. Bob Jeter, Packers, corner back—Finally coming out from under the shadow of Adderly. Dallied in Canada before Packers got him. Cornell Green, Cowboys, corner back—Has all scouts scouring country for rugged basketball players. Skipped grid • In college. Larry Wilson, Cardinals, safety—Not as spectacular as in FIRST TEAM Offense PM. Player TE John Mackey SE Charley Taylor Homer Jones Ernie McMillan Bob Vogel Gene Hickerson Howrad Mudd Mick Tingelhoff John Unitas Gale Sayers Leroy Kelly FL T T G Q C QB RB SB LB H H E Deacon Jones E Willie Davis T Merlin Olsen T Bob Lilly MLB Dick Bukius LB Dave Robinson Dave Wilcox Bob Jeter . Cornell Green Ed Meador Larry Wilson Team Baltimore Washington New York St. Louis Baltimore Cleveland S. Francisco Minnesota Baltimore Chicago Cleveland Defense Los Angelei Green Bay Los Angelei Dallas Chicago Green Bay S. Francisco Green Bay Dallas Los Angu'M St. Louis Age Ht 25 6-2 26 6-3 26 29 25 31 25 .27 34 24 26 28 33 28 28 24 26 34 30 27 SO 6-2 6-* 6-5 6-3 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-5 6-3 6-5 0-5 6-3 6-3 M 6-1 t-3 5-11 6-0 Yrs. Wt. Pro 224 215 215 260 250 248 254 237 5 4 4 7 5 10 4 6 m 198 200 260 245 276 260 245 240 234 205 208 IN 190 12 Deacon Not A Pacifist By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEW YORK - (NEA) - If, as they say, it takes one to know one, David (Deacon) Jones of the Los Angeles Rams is ready to stand up and be recognized as the greatest defensive performer in the National Football League. The Deacon is a defensive end, all 260 pounds of him. He has not been disguised. New Mexico State plays the Citadel tonight in the finals of'game. Arkansas State's holiday has- The Indians went into a press , ,. „ . f ,,._„ ; that heldped them cut the mar- ketball tournament here. | gjn (o ^ feut ^ BuUdogs They won their berths i stalled and iced tne game with Wednesday night as New Mex- some shols ico State downed Western Michigan 66-59 and The Citadel beat A-State 79-71. Western Michigan meets Arkansas State in a consolation Indians, Razorbacks Drop Tourney Games JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — i half, but the Bulldogs opened up |maining when Wallace Tinker McGuire Out In Cold NEW YORK (AP) - The sud-, den firing of Dick McGuire | of professional came as no surprise to the coach of the slump-ridden New York Knicks. "I knew it was coming," McGuire said Wednesday after he had been fired as coach and replaced by chief scout Red Holzman. "When a team is losing, changes have to be made." McGuire, 41, was fired mo- 'The Deacon," says Paul for any such lack of recognition,-. Wiggin, who also happens to intended or otherwise --;: To assert himself, Jones ifirst had to stand out on his ;pwn team. He plays on the most awesome front line in football, on the left terminal of a quartet that includes Merlin Olsen, Roger Brown and Lamar Lundy. Then, he had to withstand formidable competition throughout the league. . '•'; This has been a big year for: middle linebackers. Bundled closely behind Jones in the yofc tabulations were Tommy Nobis 1 " 1 of Atlanta, Dick Butkus of Chica- annual ] go and Ray Nitschke of Green Bay. — all middle men who serve as the defensive quarter-; ; football, after backs of their teams. playing college ball at South The point totals were as fol-; lows: Jones — 1.17 ''.".' Nobis — 130 Butkus—128 Nitschke — 105 Jones will receive the trophy be a defensive end, for the Cleveland Browns, "is more of a defensive factor for the Rams than any other defensive player in football. Despite what the final vote shows." Well, the final vote taken in a poll of all the players in the National Football League, shows thai Deacon Jones is also regarded by them as the greatest single force in defense in 1967. He has been named by Newspaper Enterprise Association, which conducted the poll, a.; the winner of the second George Halas Cup. Jones is in his seventh year Carolina State and Mississippi Vocational. The last three years he has been chosen to the All- NFL team. The George Halas Cup was inaugurated a year ago to honor the outstanding defensive player in the NFL. Sometimes, in the glare of "most valuable " honors, the. defensive player is is meant to compensate ^^^tssst *^'*~~ "<"— -- phia. II was their fourth straight loss and ninth in 12 games. The team improved under Dick last year," said Knick President Ned Irish, "and we expected it to be even better this season. We have been disappointed." McGuire took the Knicks into the playoffs last season for the first time since 1959. They were expected to be greatly improved this year with the addition of high-priced rookies Bill Bradley and Walt Frazier. Instead, they have slipped to a 15-23 mark and fifth place in the six-team commemorating the award,." which is named after the ,veri- . crable coach of the Chicago Bears , at a special award night . in CBS-Television City, Holly-: wood, on Jan. 18, before the" Pro Bowl game that week. ._. a 67-56 lead with 4:59 left in the hit a basket and then two free [Division of the National Basket- throws on an intentional foul, ball Association. match tonight. The Aggies A-Stale had 43 rebounds for the game, compared to 35 for The Citadel. ASU's Harold Persful!, the leading scorer and rebounder, took early in the second half of their game with Western Michigan, going into a press that gave them a 41-39 lead with 13:58 remaining. They ran that margin to 11 points, then went into a stall while leading 65-55 with 3:30 left. Forward Reggie Lacefield led all scoring, hitting on five field goals and 11 of his 14 free throws to contribute 21 points for the Broncos. He also snatched 11 rebounds to earn the lead in that department, too. Guard Robert Evans scored 15 points for New Mexico State, I pumped in 20 points command ; grabbed 16 rebounds. and while teammate Ernie Turner accounted for 13. Arkansas State OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Arkansas, the 65-58 victim of Auburn here Wednesday night, meets an equally hapless Fordham tonight in the consolation game of the All College basketball tournament. Fordham fell 105-86 to unbeaten Oklahoma City University in last night's first round play of this oldest of the nation's holiday cage classics. Auburn snapped a 37- 1 " <-and grabbed a 10-point lead midway through the sec.,..- ....1 by out-scoring the Razorbacks 13-3 during a seven-minute period. Arkansas pulled within six ainoints twice in the final three slow start against The Citadel and was leading 39-34 at the minutes, but the Tigers put it out of reach with a minute re- '66, but that's because other teams were playing away from him. Ed Meador, Rams, safety—Maybe not as gifted physically as some, but compensates by always being in right spot. Smart competitor. This 1967 All-Players All-Pro team will be honored with a special awards night co-hosted by CBS and NEA at Television City in Hollywood, Calif., on Jan. 18. They will be presented with individual trophies and certificates to designate their selection. Each man will also receive an engraved Bulova all-pro watch, an Izod alpaca sweater, a Panasonic "Malibu" combination portable phonograph and FM-AM radio, and a Piano Tackle Box with Arbogast baits to help him in his leisurely pursuits now that the season is almost over. SECOND TEAM Offense Po». Player - Team TE Jackie Smith, St. Louii SE Bob Hayes, Dallas FL Willie Richardson, Balti. T Ralph Neely, Dallas T Forest Gregg, Green Bay G Jerry Kramer, Green Bay G John Gordy, Detroit C Bob DeMarco, St. Louis QB Sonny Jurgensen, Wash. RB Dave Osborn, Minnesota RB Johnny Roland, St. Louis Defense E Ordell Braase, Baltimore E Carl Eller, Minnesota T Alex Karras, Detroit T Fred Miller, Baltimore MLB Tommy Nobis, Atlanta LB Maxie Baughan, Los An. H Herb Adderly, Green Bay H Lem Barney, Detroit S Willie Wood, Green Bay S Richie Petitbon, Chicago Davis Cup Stays Home BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Davis Cup was handed over to Australia today for the 15th time since the end of World War II in a center court ceremony, with the tenris teams of Australia and Spain lined up Australia and Spain lined up nearby. This year's challenge ended is a 4-1 victory for Australia.. Spain got its only point when Manuel Santana beat John Newcombe 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 today. Aussie Roy Emerson took the second of the final two singlei, 6-1, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 over Manuel Orante*. DOWNTOWN CLUB Dine and Dance to the Music of "The Swollen Starlight" : SAT. NITE, DEC. BOTH 8 P.M. 'Til Closing — $3.00 Per Couple - Osceola, Ark.—Next to 1st National Bank smallest, lightest, :, strongest All America Team. The President's All America Team. This is a chance to test your strength, speed and endurance* You have to run, jump, sit-up, pull-up and throw a sof tball. 50,000 kids, 10 to 17, made the team last year. Tryouts are starting again at schools all over the country. Big guys have no advantage over little guys. Boys have no advantage over girls. If you make the team, you win an award and this badge from the President. Can you make the President's All America Team? You'll never know unless you try out. For information, write: President's Council on Physioal Fitness, Washington, D. C. 20201. * CLEAVE. FRED WILL S. 4'll"fl9LBS.. I1YRS. 4'I1"88L8S. IIiGHAM, ALA. WAUSAU. WIS. DIANC NICHOLSON u Y»S. V6"U«LO«. 8CIHESDA, MO. Blytheville Courier News

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