ANE, CHARLES T.
23, 6'2", 260 lbs. U.S.C.
MIKETA, ANDREW J.
24, 6'2", 225 lbs. U.N.C.
TORGESON, LAVERN E.
25, 6', 215 lbs. Wash. St.
STANFEL, RICHARD A.
27, 6'2", 240 lbs. San Fran.
30, 6'2", 220 lbs. N.D.
23, 6'1", 225 lbs. Texas
28, 6'3", 330 lbs. Illinois
SCHMIDT, JOSEPH P.
22, 6', 220 lbs. Pitt.
27, 6'4", 250 lbs. Wm. & Mary
McGRAW, THURMAN F.
27, 6'5", 235 lbs. Col. A&M
MILLER, ROBERT M.
25, 6'2", 235 lbs. Virg.
24, 6'3", 230 lbs. Murray St.
24, 6'4", 235 lbs. Calif.
BOX, CLOYCE K.
31, 6'4", 220 lbs. W. Texas
25, 6'2", 195 lbs. Mich. St.
DORAN, JAMES R.
26, 6'2", 200 lbs. Iowa St.
HART, LEON J.
25, 6'5", 250 lbs. N.D.
CAIN, JAMES E.
26, 6'4", 200 lbs. Alabama
33, 6'2", 220 lbs. N.D.
25, 6'1", 210 lbs. Ohio State
24, 6'2", 190 lbs. Utah
LAYNE, ROBERT L.
27, 6'1", 200 lbs. Texas
22, 6'1", 200 lbs. Arkansas
29, 6', 190 lbs. Indiana
22, 6'2", 205 lbs. Tulsa
WALKER, E. DOAK
26, 5'10", 172 lbs. S.M.U.
27, 5'11", 175 lbs. Wise.
26, 6'1", 185 lbs. Col. A&M
DAVID, JAMES T.
26, 5'10", 175 lbs. Col. A&M
KARILIVACZ, CARL E.
24, 6', 185 lbs. Syracuse
STITS, WILLIAM D.
23, 6', 190 lbs. U.C.L.A.
BOWMAN, WILLIAM E.
23, 6'2", 210 lbs. Wm. & Mary
SMITH, ROBERT L.
24, 6', 204 lbs. Texas A&M
Buddy Parker is
tall, taciturn and Texan. His Detroit Lions have won the national professional
football championship two years in a row and have a good chance of winning
again this year. Not only is Parker the top football coach of America, but he
has another distinction: he is almost totally unknown to the general
This takes some
doing and Parker is the man for it. He has no "color" whatever; he has
never in his life dropped a brilliant impromptu quip; he keeps out of
controversy and he regards football banquets and
Monday-Morning-Quarterback-Clubs with a deadly loathing. Even at private
interviews he squirms painfully, shifts position constantly in his chair and
chain-smokes cigarets. He came out of Kemp, Texas (population 881, U.S. Census,
1950) and 20 years as professional football player and coach have not cured his
When Parker took
over the Detroit job from the late Bo McMillin, the Lions were a chronic
second-division club and there was expectation that the next visitor to the
downtown offices would be the sheriff with the usual notice. The team was a
small Balkan province filled with internecine warfare, and the directors
alternated between bleats of pain and cries of rage. Since that time Parker's
record with the Lions has consisted of 30 victories, 10 defeats and one tie.
The Detroit franchise is now generally regarded as an uranium mine.
Raymond K. (Buddy)
Parker is 40 years old and looks like an athlete. He is trim and
well-conditioned, with 200 pounds on a six-foot frame. He retains the nasal
twang of his Southwestern drawl and has the leathery lined face of an apple
that has been too long in the sun. His dark hair hasn't even a fleck of gray
and is parted neatly on the right.
achievement is in beating Paul Brown, once regarded as the miracle man of
football. No Parker-coached team had ever lost to Brown's Cleveland monsters,
either in exhibition, regular season or play-off games until Brown pulled a
mild upset last season when his Eastern All-Stars beat the West. The Lions
N.F.L. championships in 1952 and 1953 were gained by beating Cleveland, 17-7
and 17-16. Brown is balding, complicated and morose. Before each play, he sends
in a guard with orders for the next play; Parker gives his quarterback all the
leeway in the world.
messenger' stuff is the bunk," says Parker. "What's so mysterious about
reflects his personality. His manner is plain and simple. He coaches his team
"If you ask
me," he says, "what ruins most teams is over-coaching. I can sit here
in my office and think up plays by the yard. You set up an offense and then you
think 'I'd better add this play' and a helpful assistant suggests 'Let's put
this in.' What about the players out there on the line of scrimmage who have to
solve these masterpieces on the spur of the moment? They're smart enough, but
why bumfoozle them? We've gone through games where we used only four basic
plays and the variations you get off them. You don't outmaneuver teams in this
league, you beat them with good solid blocking and tackling."
In a game this
year at Briggs Stadium against Los Angeles ( Lions 21; Rams 3), Parker motioned
Quarterback Tom Dublinski to the sidelines during a time out.