Cups of Coffee
A page at pro-football-reference.com called Cups of Coffee lists all of the pro football players who appeared in only one NFL, AFL, or AAFC game. Of course, when I discovered the page, I wondered if any of the players had appeared on old football cards. I perused the list and came up with these.
Ronnie Knox played in one game for the Chicago Bears in 1957, but he did not throw a pass. It appears that he was the fourth-string quarterback, a rookie playing behind three veterans. Topps, oddly, printed cards of all four Bears quarterbacks in 1957. Knox also spent a few seasons in the CFL, and he appeared on a few CFL cards. You can usually find them on eBay.
Buddy Allen had three carries in one game for the Denver Broncos in 1961. He apparently at least tried out for the Oakland Raiders the year before, because his only card is the 1960 Fleer card shown here. It is possible that he was on the Raiders' roster in 1960, but the rosters I have found online show only the players who actually played in regular season games.
Jim Yeats appeared in one game for the Houston Oilers in 1960, but he did not have any stats. The card pictured here is his 1960 Fleer card. Unfortunately, on his only card, Fleer misspelled his name. I heard from one of Yeats's relatives a few years ago, and she told me that he was with the Packers in 1958 and 1959, and that he was still with the Oilers in 1961. He apparent did not see playing time those years.
1960 was the first year of the AFL, and the teams' rosters apparently were not final when Fleer chose the players to include on their cards. Many of the players on 1960 Fleer cards did not see playing time in the AFL.
Dick McKissack played in one game for the NFL's Dallas Texans in 1952, two years after he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. If you count variations, he appeared on two cards in the 1950 Felt Backs set: a brown one and a yellow one. (The price guides assign higher prices to the yellow 1950 Topps Felt Backs, but the brown ones are actually scarcer.)
Mark Burke saw playing time for the Philadelphia Eagles in the last game of the 1976 season. He returned one punt for fourteen yards, not too shabby. He appeared on the 1974 West Virginia playing card pictured here.
Larry Joe played one game for the AAFC's Buffalo Bills in 1949. He had a pretty good game, gaining 82 all-purpose yards. Joe appeared on a 1948 Leaf football card--one of the tough high numbers--with Penn State. I did a quick web search for Joe and found that he still holds the Penn State record for career kickoff return average.
Quarterback Greg Barton appeared in one game for the Detroit Lions in 1969. He threw a single pass, which went incomplete. After his stint with the Lions, he moved to the CFL and played two seasons for the Toronto Argonauts. The card shown here is Barton's 1971 O-Pee-Chee CFL card; he also appeared on a couple of 1972 O-Pee-Chee cards. You can usually see Barton's 1972 cards on eBay.
Don Jonas played in one game for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1962, but he did not get any stats. Jonas went on to play in the semi-pro Atlantic Coast Football League and Continental Football League, and in 1970 he moved to the Canadian Football League. The card shown here is Jonas's 1971 O-Pee-Chee CFL card. He also appeared on two 1972 O-Pee-Chee cards, which you can usually find on eBay. Cflapedia.com has a nice summary of Jonas's post-NFL career.
Quarterback Benjy Dial played in one game for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1967, completing 1 of 3 attempts for 5 yards. Dial went on to play for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1970 and 1971. As far as I know, the card shown here, a 1971 O-Pee-Chee, is Dial's only CFL card. O-Pee-Chee, unfortunately, misspelled his first name.
Sylvester Croom played in one game for the New Orleans Saints in 1975. He is shown here on a 1973 Alabama Playing Card. Croom went on to a long coaching career. In 2004, at Mississippi State, he became the first African-American head coach in SEC history. He has also coached twenty years in the NFL. He is currently the running backs coach for the St. Louis Rams.
Ed McQuarters played in one game for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965. In 1966 he moved to Canada to play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and he stayed with the Roughriders until 1974. McQuarters collected numerous awards for linemen in the CFL, and he was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1988. He is pictured here on his 1970 O-Pee-Chee CFL football card.
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