Fathers and Sons on Vintage Football Cards
On the Pro Football Hall of Fame web site, there is a list of fathers and sons who both played professional football. Six of the father-son pairs appear on cards in the Gallery. Here they are:
Tony and Mike Adamle
Tony Adamle played six seasons for the Cleveland Browns in the AAFC and NFL; his son Mike played six seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, and Chicago Bears. Tony is pictured here on his 1951 Bowman card, and Mike on his 1975 Topps card.
Ted Fritsch Sr. and Ted Fritsch Jr.
Ted Fritsch Sr., a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, played from 1942 to 1950 for the Packers. Ted Fritsch Jr. played from 1972 to 1979 for the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. Ted Sr. appears here on his 1950 Bowman card; Ted Jr. is shown on his 1974 Topps card.
Dub and Bert Jones
Dub Jones played for the Miami Seahawks, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Cleveland Browns in the AAFC, and he remained with the Browns when they joined the NFL in 1950. He is shown here on his 1953 Bowman card. Bert Jones, Dub's son, was a quarterback for ten seasons with the Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams. His 1976 Topps card is shown here. Bert finished fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1972, so he also appears on my page of football cards of Heisman Trophy candidates.
George Sauer Sr. and George Sauer Jr.
George Sauer Sr. played from 1933 to 1935 for the Green Bay Packers; he is shown here on his 1955 Topps All-American card. George Jr. played from 1966 to 1970 for the New York Jets; he is shown on a 1969 Glendale stamp.
Wilford and Danny White
Wilford White was a running back and kick returner for the Chicago Bears in 1951 and 1952, but he did not appear on a football card until his 1954 Bowman card was issued. His son, Danny, was a quarterback and punter for the Dallas Cowboys from 1976 to 1988. Danny White is shown here on his 1978 Topps card. Danny finished ninth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1973, so you can also see him on my page of football cards of Heisman candidates.
George Wilson Sr. and George Wilson Jr.
Finally, George Wilson Sr. played for the Chicago Bears for ten seasons, and he was head coach of the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins for thirteen. He is shown here on his 1967 Royal Castle Dolphins card, one of the rare short prints in the set. Wilson's son, George Jr., played for his father for one season at Miami. His 1967 Topps card is shown here.
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