Category Archives: Don Maynard
Don Maynard hall of fame career is loaded with fantastic accomplishments, and connections to some of the greatest moments in professional football history. He started at Rice University and finished at Texas-El Paso, and then drafted by the New York Giants in the ninth round of the 1957 NFL draft. He played one season with the Giants before heading north to spend 1959 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. After the AFL was formed, head coach Sammy Baugh made Don Maynard the first player that he signed to the New York Titans. Maynard, first a Titan and later a Jet, stayed in New York through the 1972 season. He played his last two games as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, before wrapping up his football career in 1973.
Digging around on YouTube, I came across this interview with Don Maynard from the days leading up to Super Bowl XLIII. While Joe Namath is so heavily covered, Maynard is much less publicized than his hall of fame counterpart and quarterback. As you might expect, Maynard shares his memories of Super Bowl III, and delves a bit into “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” the famed 1958 NFL Championship between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants, for whom Maynard was a rookie.
I read an interesting couple of articles on The Bleacher Report the other day. Phillip Schawillie, a featured columnist, took a look through the history of the New York Jets franchise and made his case for the 25 Greatest Players in New York Jets’ History. Schawillie took into account a player’s longitivity and statistics, while trying to take all positions (special teams included) into consideration. He did an admirable job, and a number of AFL-era men (in bold) made his list. The rankings were as follows: