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1956 Baltimore Colts

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.0, Offense: 2.0, Defense: -5.0, SoS: 1.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 270 points (22.5/g), 4th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 322 points (26.8/g), 11th.
 Differential of -52 points (-4.3/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 4.8-7.2.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (5-7-0)

 Training Camp: McDaniel College (Western Maryland College) (Westminster, Maryland)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Johnny Unitas 23 Rook 7 110 for 198, 1,498 yards, 9 td, 10 int, & 28 rushes for 155 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1955
FB Alan Ameche* 23 1 0 178 rushes for 858 yards, 8 td, & 26 catches for 189 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 3rd pick / 1955
LH Billy Vessels 25 Rook 0 44 rushes for 215 yards, 2 td, & 11 catches for 177 yards and 1 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 2nd pick / 1953
RH Lenny Moore* 23 Rook 0 86 rushes for 649 yards, 8 td, & 11 catches for 102 yards and 1 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 9th pick / 1956
LE Raymond Berry 23 1 0 37 catches for 601 yards, 2 td Baltimore Colts / 20th / 232nd pick / 1954
LT George Preas 23 1 0 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 51st pick / 1955
LG Art Spinney 29 6 0 Baltimore Colts / 15th / 184th pick / 1950
C Buzz Nutter 25 2 0 Washington Redskins / 12th / 136th pick / 1953
RG Alex Sandusky 24 2 11 Baltimore Colts / 16th / 184th pick / 1954
RT Ken Jackson 27 4 0 New York Yanks / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1951
RE Jim Mutscheller 26 2 0 44 catches for 715 yards, 6 td Dallas Texans / 12th / 134th pick / 1952
 Defensive Starters
LDE Gino Marchetti* 29 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Texans / 2nd / 14th pick / 1952
LDT Art Donovan*+ 31 6 0 New York Giants / 22nd / 204th pick / 1947
MG Joe Campanella 26 4 0 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 36th pick / 1952
RDT Tom Finnin 29 3 0 New York Giants / 24th / 306th pick / 1950
RDE Don Joyce 27 5 0 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 18th pick / 1951
LLB Bill Pellington 29 3 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
RLB Doug Eggers 26 2 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
LDH Don Shula 26 5 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 9th / 110th pick / 1951
RDH Carl Taseff 28 5 0 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 22nd / 267th pick / 1951
LS Jesse Thomas 28 1 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Yanks / 10th / 119th pick / 1951
RS Bert Rechichar* 26 4 0 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 10th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Bert Rechichar* 26 4 0 3 of 13 field goals & 8 of 10 extra points Cleveland Browns / 1st / 10th pick / 1952
P Bert Rechichar* 26 4 0 33 punts for a 38.7 average, 0 blocked Cleveland Browns / 1st / 10th pick / 1952
PR Carl Taseff 28 5 0 27 punt returns for a 8.6 average and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 22nd / 267th pick / 1951
KR Billy Vessels 25 Rook 0 16 kick returns for a 23.7 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 2nd pick / 1953

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
35 Alan Ameche* 23 FB 12 0 218 6-0 Wisconsin 6/1/1933 1 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 3rd pick / 1955
82 Raymond Berry 23 LE 12 0 187 6-2 Schreiner College,SMU 2/27/1933 1 Baltimore Colts / 20th / 232nd pick / 1954
73 Joe Campanella 26 MG 10 0 242 6-2 Ohio St. 9/3/1930 4 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 36th pick / 1952
78 Dick Chorovich 24 3 0 260 6-4 Miami (OH) 11/28/1932 1 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 136th pick / 1955
87 Lloyd Colteryahn 25 3 0 220 6-2 Maryland 8/26/1931 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 42nd pick / 1953
70 Art Donovan*+ 31 LDT 11 0 263 6-2 Notre Dame,Boston Col. 6/5/1925 6 New York Giants / 22nd / 204th pick / 1947
45 L.G. Dupre 24 11 0 190 5-11 Baylor 9/10/1932 1 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 27th pick / 1955
67 Doug Eggers 26 RLB 12 0 213 6-0 South Dakota St. 9/21/1930 2
79 Tom Feamster 26 12 0 260 6-7 William & Mary,Florida St. 10/23/1930 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 40th pick / 1955
77 Tom Finnin 29 RDT 10 0 262 6-2 Detroit Mercy 9/28/1927 3 New York Giants / 24th / 306th pick / 1950
81 Bernie Flowers 26 1 0 190 6-2 Purdue 2/14/1930 Rook Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 14th pick / 1953
20 Jim Harness 22 1 0 180 5-11 Mississippi St. 4/6/1934 Rook Baltimore Colts / 21st / 247th pick / 1956
20 Johnny Hermann 23 8 0 180 6-1 UCLA 10/17/1933 Rook New York Giants / 10th / 117th pick / 1956
74 Ken Jackson 27 RT 12 0 236 6-2 Texas 4/26/1929 4 New York Yanks / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1951
42 Tommy James 33 2 0 185 5-10 Ohio St. 9/16/1923 9 Detroit Lions / 17th / 146th pick / 1947
83 Don Joyce 27 RDE 12 0 253 6-3 Tulane 10/8/1929 5 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 18th pick / 1951
18 Gary Kerkorian 26 3 0 185 5-11 Stanford 1/14/1930 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 19th / 222nd pick / 1952
65 Bill Koman 22 12 0 229 6-2 North Carolina 9/16/1934 Rook Baltimore Colts / 8th / 91st pick / 1956
76 Gene Lipscomb 25 11 0 284 6-6 none 8/9/1931 3
89 Gino Marchetti* 29 LDE 12 0 244 6-4 San Francisco 1/2/1927 4 Dallas Texans / 2nd / 14th pick / 1952
24 Lenny Moore* 23 RH 12 0 191 6-1 Penn St. 11/25/1933 Rook Baltimore Colts / 1st / 9th pick / 1956
84 Jim Mutscheller 26 RE 12 0 205 6-1 Notre Dame 3/31/1930 2 Dallas Texans / 12th / 134th pick / 1952
50 Buzz Nutter 25 C 12 0 230 6-4 Virginia Tech 2/16/1931 2 Washington Redskins / 12th / 136th pick / 1953
80 Dick Nyers 22 5 0 177 5-11 Indianapolis 9/8/1934 Rook
61 Jack Patera 23 12 0 234 6-1 Oregon 8/1/1933 1 Baltimore Colts / 4th / 44th pick / 1955
36 Bill Pellington 29 LLB 12 0 234 6-2 Defiance,Rutgers 9/25/1927 3
76 Jerry Peterson 22 1 0 290 6-3 Texas 10/8/1934 Rook Baltimore Colts / 15th / 171st pick / 1955
60 George Preas 23 LT 12 0 244 6-2 Virginia Tech 6/25/1933 1 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 51st pick / 1955
52 George Radosevich 28 8 0 228 6-2 Pittsburgh 1/25/1928 2
44 Bert Rechichar* 26 K 10 0 209 6-1 Tennessee 7/16/1930 4 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 10th pick / 1952
68 Alex Sandusky 24 RG 11 11 235 6-1 Clarion 8/17/1932 2 Baltimore Colts / 16th / 184th pick / 1954
14 George Shaw 23 qb 5 5 183 6-1 Oregon 7/25/1933 1 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1955
25 Don Shula 26 LDH 12 0 190 5-11 John Carroll 1/4/1930 5 Cleveland Browns / 9th / 110th pick / 1951
63 Art Spinney 29 LG 11 0 230 6-0 Boston Col. 11/8/1927 6 Baltimore Colts / 15th / 184th pick / 1950
23 Carl Taseff 28 12 0 192 5-11 John Carroll 9/28/1928 5 Cleveland Browns / 22nd / 267th pick / 1951
40 Jesse Thomas 28 LS 11 0 180 5-10 Michigan St. 5/23/1928 1 New York Yanks / 10th / 119th pick / 1951
19 Johnny Unitas 23 QB 12 7 194 6-1 Louisville 5/7/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1955
21 Billy Vessels 25 KR 12 0 190 6-0 Oklahoma 3/22/1931 Rook Baltimore Colts / 1st / 2nd pick / 1953
26 Royce Womble 25 12 0 185 6-0 North Texas 8/12/1931 2
31 Dick Young 26 12 0 210 5-11 Tenn-Chattanooga 8/25/1930 1 Chicago Cardinals / 18th / 206th pick / 1954
Team Total 25.5 12 217.8 6-1.3 2.2