Had a marvelous journey as a quarterback playing through 18 seasons for 3 leagues and 8 teams from 1952-69.
Played for Kentucky from 1949-51.
In an era not renown for passing, threw for 1627 yards (114/203) and 23 TDs to 12 INT in 1950.
4th pick of the 1952 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers.
Joined CFL Ottawa Rough Riders in 1954, playing there through 55, and also again in 59.
Returned to NFL for a one year stint with the Browns in 56.
Again, played for Packers in 57 and 58.
After one year stint with the CFL again in 59, played for the Oakland Raiders in 1960.
After middling success with Oakland, was traded as part of a blockbuster deal to the Boston Patriots.
Played for the Patriots from 1961-67.
At time of departure from Boston, owned all the franchise’s passing records and many AFL ones as well.
Retired after winning Super Bowl III as Joe Namath‘s backup in Super Bowl III.
Had extensive coaching career.
Passed away in 2017 at the age of 87 after a battle with cancer.
In an age of more sexy names, I really hadn’t considered the legacy of Babe, compared to guys like Tom Brady (of course), or even Drew Bledsoe or Steve Grogan for that matter. -That being said Babe paved the way for those guys.
Cards: CFL All World 1991, JOGO 1991 Acquired: TTM 2019, C/o The Houston Texans Sent: 10/23/19 Received: 1/16/21 (423 days)
Danny Barrett played from 1979-82 at Cincinnati.
His best year came in 1982 when he threw for 2222 yards (178/324) and 17 TDs (12 INT).
Barrett joined the CFL in 83 and played 16 seasons in the league with stops in Calgary (83-85, 89-91, 96), Toronto (85-88), BC (92-93, 98) and the Ottawa Rough Riders (94-95).
Played one season in 86 with the New Jersey Generals.
Saw playing time at both QB and slot back over his career.
Had back to back 4k passing seasons in 93 (4097) and 94 (4173).
In 93 threw for a then record 601 passing yards while as a member of the BC Lions.
Joined the coaching ranks while still playing in 97 working with QBs in Calgary, then hopped over to BC from 98-99.
Considered a hot prospect, he formally became head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2000, a role he held through 2006.
Worked in the college ranks from 2007-2015, with the University of Buffalo and UCF.
In 2016, returned to the NFL ranks coaching RBs with the Dolphins, and later the Texans in 2018.
I had a burst of inspiration and sent out quite a few CFL All World cards about this time. I was certain I’d hear back from Barrett as he was a coach with my favorite team, but after not hearing back from him a year later I sort of gave up on getting these back. Lo and behold over 450 days later this showed up in the mail shortly after the Texans 2020 season concluded.
In 91 caught 4 passes for 81 yards (53 yard long), returned one punt for 6 yards, and attempted a pass.
Steve wrote me a very nice note, thanking me for the autograph request and asking for additional cards, since he hadn’t seen this one in quite sometime. He has a great autograph, and the silver sharpie is a nice touch.
Against the San Antonio Riders in Week 8 of the 91 season- he had an improbably long, juggling TD catch, but it unfortunately was called back, because he got pushed out of bounds and came back in.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.