Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cards That Never Were: Steve Spurrier 1975 & '77 Topps

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual trading cards for players missed in various sets.  It is a concept I have borrowed from far too many to list, but I appreciate all of their efforts.
Before Steve Spurrier had a legendary college coaching career, he was a star quarterback at the University of Florida, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1966.  The San Francisco 49ers selected him with the third pick in the 1967 NFL Draft.
In the first four years of his NFL career, he was more of a punter than a quarterback.  In 1971, he didn't play much at either position.  In 1972 and '73, he basically split time with John Brodie, but was back on the bench for 1974.  In 1975, he started 6 games.  In 1976, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and went 0-12 as the starter (as part of their 0-14 debut season).
For his career, Topps saw fit to give him cards in their 1972, '73, '74 and '76 sets.  I couldn't find pictures from his first four years in the NFL, so I settled for giving him 1975 and '77 cards.

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