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1969 Press Photo Bobby Thompson Detroit Lions Football - RRX38969

AdID: 439054

Availability: In stock

Part Number: RRX38969

Height: 5

Width: 8

Source: Rogers


Photo measures 5 x 8. Bobby Thompson, number 27, Detroit Lions

A star receiver and defensive back at Arizona State where he was one of the “Touchdown Twins” along with Joe Hernandez (later of the Argos and Eskimos), Thompson was drafted by the Detroit Lions and Dallas Texans but signed instead with the Alouettes. He starred in the January 1962 All-America Bowl, catching nine passes. Through two seasons he became a favourite pass receiver of QB Sandy Stephens, however it was his defensive abilities that drew the rave reviews. Thompson became disillusioned with the team both in terms of competitiveness and the financial offer he was given, and played out his option in 1963. He signed with Detroit for $18,000 and played in the NFL for the next six seasons (five in Detroit and one in New Orleans) as a defensive back.