Great Quarterbacks Need Great Receivers, But Great Tight Ends Can Be Special!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
After His Incredible 2018 Football Season, TE Jared Cook (#87) (6-5, 254, 4.5, 41, 4.26, 123, 23) Was Named To His First NFL Pro-Bowl, Joining His New, New Orleans Saint Pro Bowl Teammates On Offense That Includes QB Drew Brees, WR Michael Thomas (6-3, 212, 4.44, 36, 4.13, 126, 18), and OG Larry Warford; Plus DE Cameron Jordan and CB Marshon Lattimore on Defense!
SIDEBAR I: I Could Not Resist Bringing-Up Some Of My Long-Time Old Friends In This Great Story About Jared Cook!
SIDEBAR II: The Great Quarterback and Great Wide Receiver and Great Tight End Stories Are in Chronological Order By Years Including!
(1) QB Johnny Unitas and WR Raymond Berry – Baltimore Colts NFL Super Bowl Champ;
(2) QB Ben Elledge and WR Eddie Daniel and TE Lawrence Elkins – Texas High S State Champ;
(3) QB Don Trull and WR Lawrence Elkins – Bluebonnet Bowl Champ;
(4) QB Mike Waterford and WR Max Emfinger – Guam Navy/Military Rice Bowl Champ;
(5) QB Mike Waterford and WR Max Emfinger – Navy Tokyo Bowl All-Greater Pacific World Champ;
(6) QB Roger Staubuch and WR Drew Pearson and TE Billy Joe DuPree – Dallas Cowboys NFL Super Bowl Champs;
(7) (7) QB Drew Brees and WR Michael Thomas and TE Jared Cook – New Orleans Saint All-Pro And Potential NFL Super Bowl Champ! – 2019
(1) QB Johnny Unitas and WR Raymond Berry – Baltimore Colts – NFL Super Bowl Champ – 1958!
1979 Hall Of Fame Quarterback Johnny Unitas
When I Was in High School, Two of My Favorite Players in The NFL Were Two Baltimore Colts Future Hall Of Fame Players. The Two Players Were The Incredible Baltimore Passing Duo of Quarterback Johnny Unitas (#19) and His Unbelievable and Incredible Wide Receiver Raymond Berry.
Unitas Was Considered The Top NFL Quarterback in His Era and He Was a Ten-Time NFL Pro-Bowl Selection in 1957-1964 and 1966-1967. He also was a Five-Time NFL All-Pro Selection in 1958, 1959, 1964, 1985, and 1967.
Unitas Led The Colts to Three NFL Championships in 1958, 1959, and 1960, That Includes The Super Bowl V Championship. He Also Was a Four-Time NFL Passing Leader in 1957, 1959, 1960, and 1963 and Was Selected to The 1960’s All-Decade Team and To The NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
SIDEBAR III: John Unitas, Nicknamed “Johnny U” and “The Golden Arm” was an American Football Player in The National Football League. He spent the majority of his career playing for The Baltimore Colts. He was a record-setting quarterback, and The NFL Most Valuable Player in 1959, 1964, and 1967 and His Favorite Wide Receiver Was Raymond Berry!
1973 NFL Hall Of Fame Wide Receiver Raymond Berry
Raymond Berry Hauled-In 68 Career Touchdown Passes and Averaged 14.7-Yards Per Catch and He Was Considered by Many to be “Too-Slow” for The NFL.
Raymond Berry is a former Football Player and Coach in the NFL. He played Wide Receiver for the Baltimore Colts from 1955 to 1967. When he was playing With the Colts, Berry led the NFL in Receptions and Receiving-Yards in three different Football Seasons and in Touchdown Catches in Two Seasons.
Berry was a Six-Time Pro-Bowler and when he was with the Colts, they Won Consecutive NFL Championships, including the 1958 NFL Championship Game, which is also known as one of the “Greatest Game Ever Played” and in that Championship Game, Berry Caught an Incredible 12 Passes for 178-Yards and a Touchdown. As a Head Coach, Berry led the Patriots to Super Bowl XX, following the 1985 Football Season and they Defeated the Chicago Bears by a 46-10 Score.
After catching very few passes in high school and college, Berry was drafted in the 20th round of the 1954 NFL Draft by the Colts and he was considered a “Real Long Shot” to even make the Colts Team Roster. His Rise to the NFL Hall of Fame, Berry was the “Most Polished and Sophisticated Pass Route Runner” in the History of the NFL and was Touted as The Greatest Cinderella Story in The NFL History.
Berry Made-Up for his Lack of Great Athleticism with Great-Hands and through an Unbelievable and Rigorous Practice and Attention to Detail. Berry ran “Perfect and Accurate Pass Routes” and Quarterback Johnny Unitas always knew where he was going to be on his Pass Pattern. Berry and Unitas were regarded as the “Most Dominating Passing Duo in the NFL” in their Era.
Berry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973. He is also a member of the “NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team” as one of the best Football Players of the First 75-Years in the NFL. His Jersey # 82 was Retired by the Indianapolis Colts and he is also a member of the Patriots 1980’s All-Decade Team.
After his Playing Career, Berry Coached Three Baylor Spring Training Years in 1963-65. As my Wide Receiver Mentor, Raymond Berry taught me how to Run the Right and Accurate Pass Route on every Pass Pattern. In Two Coaching Situations, I installed a Passing Offense and I Taught The Quarterback and Receivers how to run “Timed” and “Accurate Pass Routes” and Both Teams won Championships. In fact, one was a Navy All-Greater Pacific World Championship.
SIDEBAR IV: One of the Biggest and Most Exciting “Things” That Ever Happened in my Lifetime was when I found-out that NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Raymond Berry was going to be working with me and all of the 1963 Baylor Wide Receivers. Coach John Bridgers was an Offensive Coach for The Baltimore Colts and one of his Great Friends was Raymond Berry and he agreed to work with all of the Baylor Wide Receivers in the 1963 Baylor Spring Training.
SIDEBAR V: Some other Unbelievable “Things” that Happened was that Coach Berry and I became Really Great Friends and he became my Pass Receiving Mentor. Coach Berry also came back to work with the the Baylor Wide Receivers in both the 1964 and 1965 Baylor Spring Training to work with the Baylor Wide Receivers, so I was able to work with him for Three Years in Spring Training.
(2) QB Ben Elledge and WR Eddie Daniel and TE Lawrence Elkins – Texas High School State Champ – 1960!
AUSTIN,Texas – Striking with equal skill both in the air and on the ground, The Brownwood High School Dominating Lions Won Their First Texas Football State Championship With a Decisive 26-6 Victory Over Port Lavaca For The AAA Schoolboy State Football Championship Before 8,500 Shivering Fans in Austin Memorial Stadium.
While Coach Gordon Wood was an old hand at Bagging State Championships, Brownwood got its First taste of State Championship Glory on Friday Night. Never before had a Brownwood HS Football Team advanced past The Bi-District Round and The Lions attained that goal on only one occasion in 1953.
Quarterback Ben Elledge Running Back/Return Man, and Tight End Lawrence Elkins Sparked The Lion Offense. Elledge Completed 10 of 18 Passes for 200-Yards and 3 Touchdowns, Including Touchdown Passes of 16-Yards to Elkins, 18-Yards to Charles Coffey, and 16-Yards to John Cadenhead and Scored The Fourth Touchdown on a One-Yard Quarterback Sneak. In The 1960 State Championship Game, Emfinger Rushed for 107-Yards on 16 Carries, had Two Pass Catches for 29-Yards, and a 46-Yard Kick-Off Return, Giving Him 182-Yards Of All-Purpose Yards, and With a 9.6-Yards Per Touch Average.
The 4-AAA 1960 All-District Team Included Several Brownwood Lions, including Quarterback Ben Elledge, Running Back Max Emfinger, Strong End Lawrence Elkins, and Quick Guard Gerald Pitts on Offense and on Defense with Tackle Ronney Moore, Linebacker A.D. Carnes, and Linebacker Eddie Daniel.
Eddie Daniel and Ronnie Davis, (Both in my Quartet), The Two-Deep Brownwood Safeties did not allow a Single Completion Against Vernon.
SIDEBAR VI: Lawrence Elkins and Eddie Daniel Were My Two Best Friends in High School. Shortly After Leaving The Dallas Cowboys, My Wife, Ginger, and I Moved To Houston and We Became Good Friends with Ronney Moore and Best Friends with Ben and Betty Elledge.
Four Players, Elkins, Moore, Elledge, and Emfinger, Are Selected To The Brownwood Hall Of Fame.
The Max Emfinger Three-Year Varsity Career Included 2,214-Yards Rushing – 4,285-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage – 178-Points Scored – Two Touchdown Passes – and Seven Interceptions. 1,364-Yards Rushing in 1960. With 4,285 All-Purpose Yards, He Averaged 11.1-Yards Per Touch on 386-Touches.
After The 1961 Football Season, Emfinger was Selected All-District, All-Area, All-State, and All-American by Wigwam Wisemen of America. Emfinger was Very Excited about making The All-American Team as he joined Five other Brownwood High School Lion Legends, including some of his Heroes: QB Leondous Fry and OT Ben Woodson in 1952; RB Ray Masters in 1953; QB Tommy Butler in 1958; and End Lawrence Elkins in 1960. All of these Players have been Selected to The Gordon Wood Hall of Champions.
(3) QB Don Trull and WR Lawrence Elkins – Bluebonnet Bowl Champ With 14-7 Victory Over LSU! – 1963
Baylor University 2013 College Football Hall Of Fame Quarterback Don Trull Was a Two-Time All-American And A Two-Time Winner Of The Sammy Baugh Trophy As The Top Passing Quarterback In The Country! Trull Also Finished Fourth In The 1963 Heisman Trophy Award!
Lawrence Elkins (#26) Is The Best Wide Receiver In Baylor History. He Set An NCAA Record With 70 Catches in 1963 And Recorded 144 Career Catches For 2,094-Yards And A Baylor School Record 19 Touchdown Passes.
In 1962, Elkins Also Returned a 92-Yard Punt-Return For a Touchdown Against TCU and in 1963, he Broke The Baylor Single-Game Pass Receiving Record, Against Texas, With 12 catches, which is Still a Baylor School Record. In The 1963 Bluebonnet Bowl, The Baylor Bears Beat The LSU Tigers 14-7.
Elkins Was A Consensus All-SWC and Consensus All-American in 1963 and 1964, which was The First Consensus All-American In Baylor Football History. “The Elkins and Trull Passing Combo” Were Spectacular Under Head Coach John Bridgers (In Photo) Pro-Style Offense That Made College Football History In The College Football Spread Offense Game. Elkins Played In The East-West Shrine Bowl Game and Also The Hula Bowl Game.
Lawrence Elkins was Inducted Into The Baylor HALL OF FAME in 1976 and Then in 1994, He Was Inducted Into The College Football HALL OF FAME.
In 1965, Elkins was Drafted #1 In Both The NFL and AFL Drafts! The Green Bay Packers Drafted Him in Round #1 and #10 Selection in The NFL Draft, while The Houston Oilers Drafted Him #1 and #2 Selection in The AFL Draft.
WACO NEWS-TRIBUNE HERALD
Recap of 1963 Baylor Spring Game as Whites Win 25-0!
Waco, April 3, 1963 – “Max Emfinger, The Brownwood Freshman, was Outstanding on Defense in the Baylor Spring Football Game as He Intercepted Two Passes, one of them a Sensational One-Handed Catch. If Emfinger can catch passes like he can Intercept them, he should be a Natural. He made Two difficult Eye-Catching Interceptions and Two Pass Catches in the late stages for the Don Trull White Team.”
Defensively, the Performance was somewhat disappointing. However, the Top-Rated Defensive Unit was going against the Don Trull Pro-Type Offense, after Trull had Led The Nation in Passing in 1962. The Baylor Offense is designed to work most effectively against the type of attacks that Baylor will be seeing next season with Wing-T Offenses and other variations. If the opposition elects to gang-up on Flanker Back Lawrence Elkins, it will be in trouble. The trouble will be Split End James Rust.” – End – WACO NEWS TRIBUNE HERALD.
SIDEBAR VII: In Three Games In Three Years, In His Football Career, Emfinger made Eight Interceptions from Free Safety, in Helping his Team Win.
1960 – 4 Interceptions In High School Opening Game Against San Angelo;
1962 – 2 Interceptions In SWC Freshman Opening Game Against Texas; and
1963 – 2 Interceptions In Baylor Spring Game! Also, Another Incredible Fact was that 3 Of His 8 Interceptions Were One-Handed! That Fact Has Probably NEVER Happened Again In The History Of Football.
After the 1963 Baylor Spring Game
In a few days after the 1963 Baylor Spring Game, I got a message from Defensive Backs Coach Bobby Jones and he wanted me to come to his office. When I heard this, I was Excited, because Coach Jones was one of my Favorite Baylor Football Coaches.
“Max, all of the Baylor Coaches have gotten together and we all agree that you are one of our Most Outstanding Young Freshman Guys on our team and we want you to be ready to play in the the Fall,” said Coach Jones. “Since you have proven yourself as a really Great Defensive Back, We will be trying to get you in for Elkins on the Second Play after we get Trull out of the Game on the First Play, after we get the Football.”
“Since Trull and Elkins are our best Offensive Players, we want to get them out of the game on Defense. We’ll get Trull out when the ball-changes hands, but we also want to save Elkins from Injury and also give him a time to rest.”
Of course, I was Super Excited about this meeting with Coach Jones and I was going to prepare myself for this Huge Challenge on Defense and hopefully get to play a little on Offense, behind my Great Long-Time Friend Lawrence Elkins. I also knew that I could really help the Baylor Team on Defense, whereas I would probably have a difficult time playing behind such a great Offensive Player, like Elkins.
SIDEBAR VIII: “We Are All Here for a “Reason” and “Everything” Has a Reason and a Consequence!“
SIDEBAR IX: “The Universe” had Different Plans for me On The First Day of Baylor Football Practice in 1963. If I would not have had a Major Heat Stroke, I would have Play Football in 1963 and would have likely Graduated in 1966, but by having a Heat Stroke, I Was Red-Shirted and I Changed my Graduation Date in 1967. If not, I would have gone into the Navy in the Summer of 1966.
SIDEBAR X: “The “Universe” Wanted Me to Graduate from Baylor in the Spring of 1967, and not in 1966, after my Trip to New York City, as Vice President of The Baylor A Cappella Choir.
SIDEBAR XI: How Ironic or “Universally-Planned” was it for me to have a Heat Stroke that Caused me to not Play Football in 1963 and That Then I was Assigned Baylor Jersey Number 22, which was The Same Number of Pounds that I Lost on The Day of My Heat Stroke.
(4) QB Mike Waterford and WR Max Emfinger – Navy/Military Guam Rice Bowl Champ – 1967!
After Graduating from Baylor and Navy Personnelman School, in 1967, I “Put-In” for Active Duty in Vietnam; thinking that although I would be in Danger, I would not be in “Real-Big Danger” and I would be able to get “Hazardous Duty Pay” along with my Regular Pay.
As it turned-out, there were not any Openings in Vietnam, for a Navy Personnelman, but The Navy decided to give me an Active Duty Assignment as close to Vietnam as possible and Gave me an Assignment on Guam at Agana, Guam Naval Hospital in The Mariana Islands.
So when I got to The Guam Naval Hospital, I immediately asked if The Navy Hospital had a Football Team and they immediately told me that they did not have a Football Team, but that The Naval Air Station Flyers had a Really Good Football Team and that there was a Player at the Hospital that was playing on The NAS Flyers Football Team.
After I got situated at my desk, in my new Job in The Personnel Office, I got a hold of Linebacker Pete Murdock and asked him if I could go to Football Practice with him. And, he said Yes and he was just as excited as me.
When I got to The First Naval Air Station Flyers Football Practice, I found out that they had a lot of Really Good-Looking Football Players and they already had a 4-0 Record. I also found-out real quick that they really still needed some help with their Passing Game and after the Coaches Found-Out that I had played in The Baylor Pro-Offense and Raymond Berry was my Pass-Receiving Mentor, I was “Shocked” as they made me their Naval Air Station Flyers Player/Coach in the Passing Game.
Although The Flyers had a Great 4-0 Record, their Toughest Games and Tougher Teams were getting ready to Come-Up and they Needed a lot of help in The Passing Game. I was still in Pretty Good Shape and so I Immediately started “Working-On-The-Passing-Game” at that First Afternoon Practice.
The NAS Flyers Quarterback, Mike Waterford (5-10, 175, 4.6) was Short, like Drew Brees, but he was Very Athletic and he had an Outstanding Arm. We also had some Good Wide Receivers, but none of them knew exactly how to Run Pass Patterns. After a Few days of working with The Quarterbacks and The Wide Receivers, they really made some Great Improvements. The Naval Air Station Flyers Only had a One Wide Receiver Offense, but I Changed it to a Flanker-Back and Split-End Pro Offense Set and With a Flex Tight End.
1967 Rice Bowl Game
In that Guam Military Rice Bowl Football Championship Game, The Super Scout (5-11, 185, 4.42, 40, 4.12, 128) Returned The Opening Kickoff 87-Yards for a Touchdown, giving The Naval Air Station Flyers a 7-0 Lead and The Flyers Never Lost That Lead in a 28-14 Victory.
To go with my 87-Yard Opening Kickoff Return, I also Caught Five Passes for 138-Yards, Returned Three Punts for 46-Yards, and had an Interception Return for 16-Yards, giving me an Incredible 287-Yards of All-Purpose Yards in The Guam Military Rice Bowl Football Championship Game and then The Super Scout was Presented The MVP Award Trophy after The Game.
(5) QB Mike Waterford and WR Max Emfinger – Navy Tokyo All-Greater Pacific World Champ – 1967
Then, a Couple Weeks later, on December 9, 1967, in The All-Greater Pacific Navy Football Championship Bowl Game, in Tokyo, Japan, my Naval Air Station Flyers beat The Tokyo Japan All-Greater Naval All-Star Team. In that Bowl Game, I was also Voted as The Bowl Game MVP in The 21-7 Naval Air Station Flyers Victory.
In that All-Greater Pacific Navy Championship Bowl Game, I Caught Six Passes for 146-Yards, including a 38-Yard Touchdown. I also Returned Two Kickoffs for 66-Yards and Three Punts for 43-Yards, giving me 255-Yards of All-Purpose Yards.
(6) QB Roger Staubach and WR Drew Pearson and TE Billy Joe DuPree – Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champ!
Roger Staubach (#12) Joined The Dallas Cowboys In 1969 And Played With Them In 11 Seasons And Led Them To Four Super Bowls And Two Victories in 1972 and 1978.
Roger Staubach had Incredible Career Stats in 131 Games, as he Completed 1,685 Passes out of 2,958 Attempts for 22,700-Yards and 153 Touchdowns. He also Rushed for 2,264-Yards on 410 Carries and Scored 20 Touchdowns with a 5.5-Yards Per Carry. He was Selected to The 1985 NFL HALL OF FAME,
In 1963, Staubach Earned Consensus All-American Honors and Became The Second Football Player For the United States Naval Academy To Be Awarded with The Heisman Trophy. Also Nick-Named “Roger The Dodger”, Staubach Led Navy To an Unbelievable #2 Ranking in The Country and a Cotton Bowl Berth and in The Cotton Bowl, he Set Bowl-Game Records in a Victory over West Virginia as He Completed 21 Passes of 31 Attempts for 228-Yards.
After Graduating from the Naval Academy in June 1965, Staubach (6-3, 197, 4.56) could have Requested To Stay in The United States, but he Volunteered for a One-Year Tour of Duty in Vietnam. The Great Benefit For Staubach was That Spending This one year in Vietnam Gave him a Chance To Transfer Back to The United States and to The Naval Air Station in Pensacola Where They Had a Football Team Called The Pensacola Goshawks.
The Pensacola Goshawks Was The Only Military Installation in The United States To-Play Tackle Football and They Played a Regular Football Season of Mid-Level Conference Colleges. The location was Appealing to Staubach, who Still had a Strong Desire to get back into Football.
Staubach Also Wrote a letter to the NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer, Captain W.R. McDowell, Expressing his desire to play on the team in Advance of his Transfer. “I have managed to stay in shape and Hope To-Play Football for The Naval Air Station.” Said Staubach. “I Miss Football Very Much, and hope To Play Again Pensacola, if it does not interfere with my Duties.”
All of The Pensacola Football Players, Except One, Were Excited About The Arrival of The Former Heisman Trophy Winner Coming to Pensacola. The One-Player Not Excited Was Bill Zloch, Who Was Originally Scheduled To-Be The Goshawks Starting Quarterback in 1967.
Zloch had been a Quarterback for Notre Dame during his College Football and Told Staubach: “I am going to have to find a new position.” Zlock Switched to Wide Receiver, and Ironically, as a Marine Pilot, Zlock Caught the Winning Touchdown Pass From Staubach Against The Quantico Marines. Staubach said That The Goshawks Had Never beaten The Marines until that 1967 Team.
SIDEBAR XII: While The Naval Air Station Goshawks Was The Top Military Team in The Inner Continental United States, The Guam Naval Air Station Flyers Won The Tokyo All-Greater Pacific Navy/Military Championship Bowl Game And Became The Outer-Continental Champions. There Was Talk About The Two Teams Playing For The 1967 Navy World Championship, but There was Not Enough Time! It would Have Pitted The Two MVP’s in MVP QB Roger Staubach VS MVP WR/RET Max Emfinger.
After His Four Years in The United States Navy, Including The One-Year Tour in Vietnam, Former Navy Lieutenant Staubach Joined The Dallas Cowboys in 1969 and Remembered a Unique Moment In Time.
When The Cowboys Starting Quarterback Craig Morton was Injured and Just before Going-Into The Game To Replace Morton, Staubach Leaned-Over To Coach Tom Landry and Said, “How Does it Feel To Know That Your Starting Quarterback was Playing on a Navy Base Team This Time Last Year!” In That Game, Staubach Brought The Cowboys Back to Victory and Coach Landry Never Questioned Why He Played a 27-year Old Rookie Quarterback Who Had Not Played College Football in Five Years.
Staubach Led The Dallas Cowboys To Some Incredible Seasons. He also Led The Cowboys to An Incredible 23 Fourth Quarter Comeback Victories and 14 Comeback Victories in The Final Two-Minutes of The Game or Overtime.
He Played 11 Seasons With The Cowboys and Led Them To Four Super Bowls, Including Super Bowl world Championships in 1972 and 1978. The Cowboys Recorded a 90-31 Record With Staubach as The Starting Quarterback.
In 1971, Staubach was Selected to The NFL Players Association MVP and Sporting News NFL MVP. He Also Led The Cowboys To Six NFC Championship Games, Winning Four of them, and also Led Them To Victories in Super Bowl VI and XII, and Voted Game MVP in Super Bowl VI.
Drew Pearson (#88) was Named as One of The TOP 20 Pro Football Wide Receivers of All-Time. Nicknamed “Mr Clutch”, He Was Also Recognized For His Achievement of Being Named To The NFL All-Decade Team in the 1970’s. Although Drew Pearson is One of The Greatest Wide Receivers in NFL History, he is The Only Offensive Player From The 1970 All-Decade First Team To Not Be Elected To The NFL Pro Football HALL OF FAME.
In 156 Career Games, Drew Pearson Caught 489 Passes for 7,822-Yards and 48 Touchdowns,and with a Great 16.9-Yard Per Catch Average.
SIDEBAR XIII: When I Was With The Dallas Cowboys, My Three Best Friends On Offense, Were WR Drew Pearson, TE Billy Joe DuPree, and RB Preston Pearson. My Best Friends On Defense Were DE Ed “Too Tall” Jones, DE Harvey Martin, FS Cliff Harris, and LB Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson. Marianne Staubach and Ginger Emfinger Were Friends and They Also Were Social Chair-Ladies for The Dallas Cowboys Football Team.
Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famers: Head Coach Tom Landry, First Super Scout Gil Brandt, and Owner Tex Schramm!
SIDEBAR IX: I Would Like To Congratulate My Former Boss, Gil Brandt (In The Middle of Photo) of The Dallas Cowboys on Being Selected To The NFL Hall of Fame, Along With My Other Good Friend and Hall of Fame, Tom Landry (Left In Photo). My Former Boss, was The Original #1 Super Scout and he was recently Honored as an NFL Hall of Fame Executive Award.
Brandt was The Dallas Cowboys Vice President of Player Personnel from 1960-1988. Along with Head Coach Tom Landry and General Manager Tex Schramm (Right on Photo), Brandt Helped The Cowboys To-Get to Five Super Bowls and Winning Super Bowl Championships in 1971 and 1977.
Brandt Will Always be My Hero and Being Famous at Being The Father of The Innovative NFL Scouting Methods with The Dallas Cowboys. His Unbelievable Innovation Helped him To Identify More Information on a Potential Player in The NFL Draft, in The Format of More Skills in The Form of More Information and More Measureables.
Brandt is also Credited With The Unbelievable Philosophy of Drafting The “Very best Athlete Available” Rather than Drafting a Player of The Team’s Positional Need. Brandt Set Standards For The Dallas Cowboy Scouts To Evaluate Players for The NFL Draft and Various Other NFL Teams Found-Out About Them and Started Using Them.
Another One of The Most Innovative New Scouting Techniques Developed by Brandt was The Evaluations of Super Athletes in Other Sports than Football. Three of The Most Famous Super Athletes were Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame Super-Star Bobby Hayes In Track; One of my Dallas Cowboys Scouting Best Friend, Cornell Green, In Basketball; and Toni Fritsch In Soccer.
Forty Four Years Ago in 1975, when I was a Talent Scout with The Dallas Cowboys, Gil Brandt Invited Me To Follow Him Down The Hallway where We Went into a Coaches Conference Room where Head Coach Tom Landry and Defensive Coordinator Ernie Stautner Were Waiting To Talk To Me. “Max, We Want You To Coordinate A “Dallas Cowboys Team Project” For Us” said Coach Landry. “Max, We Want You To Coordinate The RATING and RANKING of Every Active NFL Football Player and Then Color-Code Every Player in The NFL as to Their RATING and RANKING.”
After I had Finished This “Dallas Cowboys Team Project”, Coach Landry Turned To Coach Stautner and Gave Me The Title of Super Scout: “Coach, I Think We Just Found Us A Real Super Scout.”
Tight End Billy Joe DuPree Was Drafted in The First Round and 20th Overall Selection in The 1973 NFL Draft and as a Rookie Tight End, he Became an Instant Starter, Taking-Over From The Retiring Mike Ditka. What was Even More Incredible was That DuPree Led The Cowboys in Pass Receiving Yards With 392-Yards and 5 Touchdowns, on a Run-Oriented Team.
DuPree was Known as a Really Great Blocking Tight End, but he was also One of The Greatest Pass-Catching Tight Ends in His Era as he Finished his Career with 267 Pass Catches for 3,565-Yards and 41 Touchdowns.
Billy Joe DuPree (#89) was Selected to Three Consecutive Pro Bowls From 1976-1978. In Super Bowl XII, DuPree Helped Lead The Cowboys to a 27-10 Victory Over The Denver Broncos With 4 Pass Catches for 66-Yards. He Also Played in Super Bowl X and Scored a Touchdown in Super Bowl XIII.
Back in The Billy Joe DuPree Era, The Tight Ends Were Used To Be a Great Blocker more than Catch Passes, but DuPree was an Exceptional Pass Catching Talent as Evident With His 41 Touchdown Catches and He Held The Tight End Receiving Record, until Jason Witten Broke His Record in 2012.
(7) QB Drew Brees and WR Michael Thomas and TE Jared Cook – Saint All-Pro And Super Bowl Champ! – 2019
Pro-Bowl Tight End Jared Cook is A Night-Mare For Every NFL Defense. Signing With The Saints was a Chance To Get Closer To His Home-Town of Suwanee, Georgia. It also Gives Cook a Chance To-play With Quarterback Drew Brees, who Probably is The Greatest Quarterback in NFL History.
In 2018, Cook Caught 68 Passes for 896-Yards and 6 Touchdowns! In Week #1, Cook Caught 9 Passes For an Incredible 180-Yards Against The Los Angeles Rams and Broke The Oakland Raiders Tight End Franchise Record.
Then in Week #4, Cook Caught 8 Passes For 110-Yards and 2 Touchdowns in a 45-42 Win over The Cleveland Browns. And Finally, in Week #14, Cook Caught 7 Passes for 116-Yards in a 24-21 Win Over The Pittsburgh Steelers. After this Great 2018 Season, Cook Was Named To His First NFL Pro-Bowl.
The Jared Cook Career Totals Include 425 Catches for 5,464-Yards and 25 Touchdowns and He Has Averaged 12.9-Yards Per Catch. His 896-Yards Receiving and 6 Touchdowns in 2018 Was More Than The Total of Three New Orleans Saint Tight Ends who Recorded Only 735-Yards and 4 Touchdowns.
Jared Cook Joins A Very Impressive New Orleans Saints Offense That Includes Three Unbelievable Skill Pro-Bowler in QB Drew Brees, WR Michael Thomas, and TE Jared Cook. Brees, Now Has Two Pro-Bowl Passing Targets That Can Score On Every Offensive Play In The Game. Cook and Thomas Are Anxious To-Working Together,Joining Brees in The Season and Also in The Pro-Bowl. Cook Signed a 2-Year Deal Worth 15.5 Million Dollars.
The New Orleans Saint Fans Got A Glimpse On The First Day Of Fall Practice of The Explosive Cook and They Were Unbelievably Thrilled-To-death as Drew Brees Hit Cook on a Deep Pass in a 11-On-11 Passing Drill. All of The Fans Were Excited To-Realize That They Again Had Another Fast Tight End.
“Cook has Got a Great Feel For The Game and he will Fit Really Well in our Offense,” said Drew Brees. Saints Tight End Coach Dan Campbell has Already Talked-About Drawing-Up Special Plays For Cook.
Drew Brees (#9) and Michael Thomas (6-3, 212, 4.44, 36, 4.13, 126, 18) Were Selected To The 2017 and 2018 Pro Bowl and Thomas Earned First Team All-Pro Honors in 2018. His 38 Catches Through The First 3 Games in 2018 Broke an NFL Record by Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones in 2014 in The Same Span. The Amazing “Catch-Rate” of Thomas (#13) was “Eye-Popping” as He Caught 125 of his 147 Passes, or 85-Percent of His Catches Were Thrown To-Him in 2018 Was The Highest Rate of Any NFL Wide Receiver Since 1986.
These Pass-Receiving Stats by Thomas Are Even More Incredible When You Realize That 121 of his 125 Catches Came On Short Passes That Thomas Caught Within 20-Yards of The Line of Scrimmage, as All-Pro Quarterback Drew Brees Has “Perfected” and “Living-On” Ever Since His Texas 5A State Football Championship Game! These Intermediate-Passes, However, Are Always In “Heavy Traffic” by Defensive Backs and Linebackers. NOTE: Thomas Has Just Become The Highest Paid WR In The NFL, as His “Can’t Guard Mike” Nickname Is A Reality To Those Trying To-Guard Him!
SIDEBAR XV: Back in 1996, I was on The Sideline in The Houston Astrodome, as a Super Scout, and I was Watching a Quarterback Named Drew Brees Lead his Austin Westlake Team To a Convincing 55-15 Victory over a Great Abilene Cooper Team and The Texas 5A State Football Championship. In That State Championship, I watched Brees on every single play, as he Hit Short-Pass After Short-Pass In The Incredible 55-15 Championship Victory.