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1959 Baltimore Colts

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9-3-0, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.0, Offense: 10.6, Defense: -0.6, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 374 points (31.2/g), 1st of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 251 points (20.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of 123 points (10.2/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 8.6-3.4.

Coach: Weeb Ewbank (9-3-0)

Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
 Training Camp: McDaniel College (Western Maryland College) (Westminster, Maryland)


Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Johnny Unitas*+ 26 3 12 193 for 367, 2,899 yards, 32 td, 14 int, & 29 rushes for 145 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1955
FB Alan Ameche 26 4 0 178 rushes for 679 yards, 7 td, & 13 catches for 129 yards and 1 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 3rd pick / 1955
LH Alex Hawkins 22 Rook 0 12 rushes for 44 yards, 0 td, & 0 catches for 0 yards and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 13th pick / 1959
RH Lenny Moore*+ 26 3 0 92 rushes for 422 yards, 2 td, & 47 catches for 846 yards and 6 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 9th pick / 1956
LE Raymond Berry*+ 26 4 0 66 catches for 959 yards, 14 td Baltimore Colts / 20th / 232nd pick / 1954
LT Jim Parker*+ 25 2 0 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 8th pick / 1957
LG Art Spinney* 32 9 0 Baltimore Colts / 15th / 184th pick / 1950
C Buzz Nutter 28 5 0 3 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 12th / 136th pick / 1953
RG Alex Sandusky 27 5 0 Baltimore Colts / 16th / 184th pick / 1954
RT George Preas 26 4 0 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 5th / 51st pick / 1955
RE Jim Mutscheller 29 5 0 44 catches for 699 yards, 8 td Dallas Texans / 12th / 134th pick / 1952
 Defensive Starters
LDE Gino Marchetti*+ 32 7 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Texans / 2nd / 14th pick / 1952
LDT Art Donovan 34 9 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 22nd / 204th pick / 1947
RDT Gene Lipscomb*+ 28 6 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered
RDE Don Joyce 30 8 0 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 18th pick / 1951
LLB Bill Pellington 32 6 0 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Dick Szymanski 27 4 12 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 16th pick / 1955
RLB Don Shinnick 24 2 0 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 20th pick / 1957
LDH Carl Taseff 31 8 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 22nd / 267th pick / 1951
RDH Milt Davis 30 2 0 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 97th pick / 1954
LS Andy Nelson+ 26 2 0 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 11th / 126th pick / 1957
RS Ray Brown 23 1 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 5th / 50th pick / 1958
 Special Teams Starters
K Steve Myhra 25 2 0 6 of 17 field goals & 50 of 51 extra points Baltimore Colts / 12th / 139th pick / 1956
P Dave Sherer 22 Rook 0 51 punts for a 41.8 average, 0 blocked Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 24th pick / 1959
PR Johnny Sample 23 1 5 22 punt returns for a 5.9 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 7th / 79th pick / 1958
KR Johnny Sample 23 1 5 17 kick returns for a 26.9 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 7th / 79th pick / 1958

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
35 Alan Ameche 26 FB 12 0 218 6-0 Wisconsin 6/1/1933 4 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 3rd pick / 1955
82 Raymond Berry*+ 26 LE 12 0 187 6-2 Schreiner College,SMU 2/27/1933 4 Baltimore Colts / 20th / 232nd pick / 1954
81 Ordell Braase 27 12 0 245 6-4 South Dakota 3/13/1932 2 Baltimore Colts / 14th / 160th pick / 1954
17 Ray Brown 23 RS 12 0 195 6-2 Mississippi 9/7/1936 1 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 50th pick / 1958
85 Ed Cooke 24 4 0 250 6-4 Maryland 5/3/1935 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 29th pick / 1958
20 Milt Davis 30 RDH 11 0 188 6-1 UCLA 5/31/1929 2 Detroit Lions / 8th / 97th pick / 1954
21 Art DeCarlo 28 8 0 196 6-2 Georgia 3/23/1931 6 Chicago Bears / 6th / 65th pick / 1953
70 Art Donovan 34 LDT 12 0 263 6-2 Notre Dame,Boston Col. 6/5/1925 9 New York Giants / 22nd / 204th pick / 1947
45 L.G. Dupre 27 4 0 190 5-11 Baylor 9/10/1932 4 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 27th pick / 1955
25 Alex Hawkins 22 LH 11 0 190 6-0 South Carolina 7/2/1937 Rook Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 13th pick / 1959
83 Don Joyce 30 RDE 11 0 253 6-3 Tulane 10/8/1929 8 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 18th pick / 1951
78 Ray Krouse 32 12 0 263 6-3 Maryland 3/21/1927 8 New York Giants / 2nd / 25th pick / 1951
43 Hal Lewis 24 12 0 200 6-0 Houston 9/22/1935 Rook Baltimore Colts / 7th / 84th pick / 1959
76 Gene Lipscomb*+ 28 RDT 12 0 284 6-6 none 8/9/1931 6
89 Gino Marchetti*+ 32 LDE 12 0 244 6-4 San Francisco 1/2/1927 7 Dallas Texans / 2nd / 14th pick / 1952
64 Marv Matuszak 28 11 0 232 6-3 Tulsa 9/12/1931 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1953
24 Lenny Moore*+ 26 RH 12 0 191 6-1 Penn St. 11/25/1933 3 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 9th pick / 1956
84 Jim Mutscheller 29 RE 12 0 205 6-1 Notre Dame 3/31/1930 5 Dallas Texans / 12th / 134th pick / 1952
65 Steve Myhra 25 K 12 0 237 6-1 Minnesota,North Dakota 4/2/1934 2 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 139th pick / 1956
80 Andy Nelson+ 26 LS 12 0 180 6-1 Memphis 5/27/1933 2 Baltimore Colts / 11th / 126th pick / 1957
50 Buzz Nutter 28 C 12 0 230 6-4 Virginia Tech 2/16/1931 5 Washington Redskins / 12th / 136th pick / 1953
77 Jim Parker*+ 25 LT 12 0 273 6-3 Ohio St. 4/3/1934 2 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 8th pick / 1957
36 Bill Pellington 32 LLB 12 0 234 6-2 Defiance,Rutgers 9/25/1927 6
79 Sherman Plunkett 26 12 0 290 6-4 Md-Eastern Shore 4/7/1933 1 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 71st pick / 1956
60 George Preas 26 RT 12 0 244 6-2 Virginia Tech 6/25/1933 4 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 51st pick / 1955
31 Billy Pricer 25 12 0 208 5-10 Oklahoma 9/3/1934 2 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 65th pick / 1957
44 Bert Rechichar 29 10 0 209 6-1 Tennessee 7/16/1930 7 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 10th pick / 1952
87 Jerry Richardson 23 11 0 185 6-3 Wofford 7/11/1936 Rook Baltimore Colts / 13th / 154th pick / 1958
47 Johnny Sample 23 KR 12 5 203 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 6/15/1936 1 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 79th pick / 1958
68 Alex Sandusky 27 RG 12 0 235 6-1 Clarion 8/17/1932 5 Baltimore Colts / 16th / 184th pick / 1954
86 Dave Sherer 22 P 12 0 210 6-3 New Mex. Mil. Inst.,SMU 2/14/1937 Rook Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 24th pick / 1959
66 Don Shinnick 24 RLB 12 0 232 6-0 UCLA 5/15/1935 2 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 20th pick / 1957
41 Jackie Simpson 25 10 0 183 5-10 Florida 4/2/1934 1 Baltimore Colts / 4th / 44th pick / 1957
26 Mike Sommer 25 8 0 190 5-11 George Washington 10/9/1934 1 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 16th pick / 1958
63 Art Spinney* 32 LG 12 0 230 6-0 Boston Col. 11/8/1927 9 Baltimore Colts / 15th / 184th pick / 1950
52 Dick Szymanski 27 MLB 12 12 233 6-3 Notre Dame 10/7/1932 4 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 16th pick / 1955
23 Carl Taseff 31 LDH 12 0 192 5-11 John Carroll 9/28/1928 8 Cleveland Browns / 22nd / 267th pick / 1951
19 Johnny Unitas*+ 26 QB 12 12 194 6-1 Louisville 5/7/1933 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1955
Team Total 26.9 12 220.7 6-1.6 3.7