PDA

View Full Version : Is there a reliable database of former players/rosters?



ScottDCP
07-28-2010, 08:19 AM
My fiance just got stuck with a new guy/friend of the boss at work. He talks about having played pro ball for a few years about thirty five years ago. I am not quite old enough to remember that era, as I don't recall having seen a football game before 1979. I haven't found anything doing name, team, and college searches. Anyone have a resource they might recommend?

mkocs6
07-28-2010, 08:31 AM
Hey, Scott. Www.pro-football-reference.com should have the roster of every NFL team for every year. You can search for specific players as well. Best of luck.

ScottDCP
07-28-2010, 08:43 AM
Thanks. My suspicionns are leaning towards being confirmed. Either that or he used a different name. This is most helpful, thank you.

mkocs6
07-28-2010, 08:51 AM
No trouble. As a disclaimer, I don't know if practice squad guys make the cut into their database, but the site is pretty massive, so it's not a bad bet.

ScottDCP
07-28-2010, 08:54 AM
Which raises the question - was there a practice squad in the 70's? I know. They tended to use IR for that purpose in the eighties, but when this guy says he played I was a little teapot, short and stout, so to speak.

ScottDCP
07-28-2010, 08:54 AM
And I totally think this guy is spinning a yarn.

mkocs6
07-28-2010, 09:03 AM
To be really honest, I don't know. If a guy says he played pro ball, he's certainly implying a lot more than practice squad detail, but I just wanted to bring it up to make sure you and your fiance covered yourselves. I don't know too much about the practice squad after the taxi squad went the way of the buffalo.

ScottDCP
07-28-2010, 09:06 AM
I was basing my impresssion a lot more than a database, but the point is a good one. When did the taxi squad go out of existence?

mkocs6
07-28-2010, 09:20 AM
I think it was out by the 1950s, probably when league roster sizes were increased. The Browns supposedly farmed out inactive players who practiced with the team to the cab company of the club owner. I looked it up on wikipedia to double-check (I'm only 25, so I can't say I was there to verify it), and the footnotes list a funny article from the St. Petersburg Times in 1964 on the subject, and how new NFL rules would doom the taxi squad in Cleveland. The paper is digitally available through google, and here's the link if you want to check it out: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=888&dat=19640220&id=jAgOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4XwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4725,5488864.

ScottDCP
07-28-2010, 09:22 AM
I must admit that the neatest thing about this database is finding out there was a player in the 30's named Biff.