So, after 46 years, the National Football League draft returned to Philadelphia – with the Museum of Art as the featured backdrop.
The draft was a bit different way back in 1961, which took place at the Warwick Hotel.
That year marked the Dallas Cowboys’ first regular draft, and the Minnesota Vikings had their own expansion selection position.
That was back in the day when the draft was 20 rounds deep. The San Francisco 49ers had an amazing 26 picks in the event.
There were seven future Pro Football Hall of Fame players chosen at the event – and I think you know many of them.
One of them was a man by the name of Bob Lilly, who has ties to the area in Olney, Throckmorton and Graham, Texas. Lilly was an all-district football player at Throckmorton in 1955 – but his family moved to Oregon during the famous severe Texas drought of the 1950s.
David “Deacon” Jones was picked by the Los Angeles Rams from South Carolina State. Jones became a member of the feared Rams’ defensive line of the 1960s.
Mike Ditka became a star tight end for both the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. One of the Vikings’ selections that year was a quarterback named Fran Tarkenton. That’s incredible. Read more from this column in the April 29 Bowie News.
Editor’s Note: The Storm Center column is the expressed written views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not The Bowie News.
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II was part of a reach, by the Kansas City Chiefs, who traded up 17 slots with the Bills to take him at No. 10 during last week’s draft. Mahomes is a native of Whitehouse, a suburb of Tyler. (Courtesy photo)