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1961 St. Louis Cardinals

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7-7-0, NFL East Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.5, Offense: -2.6, Defense: 1.1, SoS: -2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 279 points (19.9/g), 10th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 267 points (19.1/g), 4th.
 Differential of 12 points (0.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-6.6.

Coach: Chuck Drulis (2-0-0) (co-coach with Ray Prochaska and Ray Willsey), Ray Prochaska (2-0-0), Ray Willsey (2-0-0) and Pop Ivy (5-7-0)

Stadium: Busch Stadium (Sportsman's Par
 Training Camp: Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)

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 Sam Etcheverry 31 Rook 9 96 for 196, 1,275 yards, 14 td, 11 int, & 33 rushes for 73 yards and 0 td
HB Prentice Gautt 23 1 0 129 rushes for 523 yards, 3 td, & 12 catches for 132 yards and 3 td Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 19th pick / 1960
FB Frank Mestnik 23 1 0 95 rushes for 334 yards, 1 td, & 12 catches for 29 yards and 1 td St. Louis Cardinals / 15th / 170th pick / 1960
FL Bobby Joe Conrad 26 3 0 30 catches for 499 yards, 2 td, & 20 rushes for 22 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 5th / 58th pick / 1958
SE Sonny Randle* 25 2 0 44 catches for 591 yards, 9 td Chicago Cardinals / 19th / 218th pick / 1958
TE Taz Anderson 23 Rook 0 22 catches for 399 yards, 2 td, & 15 rushes for 39 yards and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 7th / 80th pick / 1960
LT Ed Cook 29 3 0
LG Mike McGee 23 1 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 14th pick / 1960
C Don Gillis 26 3 0 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 89th pick / 1957
RG Ken Gray* 25 3 0 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 6th / 62nd pick / 1958
RT Ernie McMillan 23 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 13th / 176th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 29th / 226th pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE Joe Robb 24 2 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 14th / 164th pick / 1959
LDT Don Owens 29 4 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1957
RDT Frank Fuller 32 8 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 26th / 313th pick / 1952
RDE Ed Henke 34 12 0 Washington Redskins / 13th / 128th pick / 1949
LLB Ted Bates 25 2 0 Chicago Cardinals / 5th / 52nd pick / 1959
MLB Dale Meinert 28 3 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 8th / 88th pick / 1955
RLB Bill Koman 27 5 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 8th / 91st pick / 1956
LCB Billy Stacy* 25 2 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 3rd pick / 1959
RCB Jimmy Hill* 33 6 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
LS Jerry Norton* 30 7 0 7 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 81st pick / 1954
RS Larry Wilson 23 1 11 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 7th / 74th pick / 1960
 Special Teams Starters
K Gerry Perry 31 7 0 7 of 16 field goals & 30 of 33 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 29th / 349th pick / 1952
P Jerry Norton* 30 7 0 85 punts for a 44.7 average, 1 blocked Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 81st pick / 1954
PR Willie West 23 1 0 11 punt returns for a 8.9 average and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 37th pick / 1960
KR Pat Fischer 21 Rook 0 17 kick returns for a 25.1 average and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 17th / 232nd pick / 1961

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Taz Anderson 23 TE 14 0 220 6-2 Georgia Tech 11/15/1938 Rook 4 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 80th pick / 1960
51 Ted Bates 25 LLB 14 0 219 6-3 Oregon St. 9/22/1936 2 7 Chicago Cardinals / 5th / 52nd pick / 1959
40 Bobby Joe Conrad 26 FL 14 0 194 6-2 Texas A&M 11/17/1935 3 6 New York Giants / 5th / 58th pick / 1958
75 Ed Cook 29 LT 14 0 245 6-2 Notre Dame 6/29/1932 3 4
44 John David Crow 26 8 0 220 6-2 Texas A&M 7/8/1935 3 5 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1958
61 Bob DeMarco 23 4 0 248 6-2 Indiana,Dayton 9/16/1938 Rook 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 157th pick / 1960
45 Joe Driskill 24 14 0 195 6-1 La-Monroe 8/10/1937 1 3
55 Charley Ellzey 23 5 0 240 6-3 Southern Miss 2/17/1938 1 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 29th pick / 1960
14 Sam Etcheverry 31 QB 14 9 190 5-11 Denver 5/20/1930 Rook 5
37 Pat Fischer 21 KR 12 0 170 5-9 Nebraska 1/2/1940 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 17th / 232nd pick / 1961
72 Frank Fuller 32 RDT 14 0 244 6-4 Kentucky 8/8/1929 8 8 Los Angeles Rams / 26th / 313th pick / 1952
22 Prentice Gautt 23 HB 14 0 210 6-1 Oklahoma 2/8/1938 1 6 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 19th pick / 1960
50 Don Gillis 26 C 9 0 245 6-3 Rice 3/31/1935 3 4 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 89th pick / 1957
23 Charley Granger 23 6 0 240 6-2 Southern 8/9/1938 Rook 2 Boston Patriots / 26th / 202nd pick / 1961
64 Ken Gray* 25 RG 13 0 245 6-2 Howard Payne 3/10/1936 3 5 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 62nd pick / 1958
55 Bob Griffin 32 5 0 235 6-3 Arkansas 2/12/1929 8 3 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 25th pick / 1952
3 Ralph Guglielmi 28 qb 9 5 196 6-1 Notre Dame 6/26/1933 6 4 Washington Redskins / 1st / 4th pick / 1955
20 Ken Hall 26 8 0 205 6-1 Texas A&M 12/13/1935 2 0 Baltimore Colts / 14th / 165th pick / 1958
31 Mal Hammack 28 7 0 205 6-2 Florida 6/19/1933 6 1 Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 26th pick / 1955
80 Ed Henke 34 14 0 227 6-3 USC 12/13/1927 12 7 Washington Redskins / 13th / 128th pick / 1949
41 Jimmy Hill* 33 RCB 13 0 192 6-2 Sam Houston St. 6/27/1928 6 11
12 Charley Johnson 23 4 0 200 6-1 Schreiner College,New Mexico St. 11/22/1938 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 109th pick / 1960
34 Bill Koman 27 RLB 14 0 229 6-2 North Carolina 9/16/1934 5 9 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 91st pick / 1956
Dick Lage 22 1 0 228 6-4 Lenoir-Rhyne 8/9/1939 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 12th / 167th pick / 1961
33 Monte Lee 23 12 0 225 6-4 Texas 7/11/1938 Rook 4 Houston Oilers / 5th / 40th pick / 1961
Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 92nd pick / 1960
66 Ron McDole 22 13 0 265 6-4 Nebraska 9/9/1939 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 4th / 25th pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 50th pick / 1961
68 Mike McGee 23 LG 13 0 230 6-1 Duke 12/1/1938 1 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 14th pick / 1960
86 Hugh McInnis 23 3 0 228 6-3 Southern Miss 9/18/1938 1 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 26th pick / 1960
73 Ernie McMillan 23 RT 6 0 275 6-5 Illinois 2/21/1938 Rook 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 13th / 176th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 29th / 226th pick / 1961
62 Dale Meinert 28 MLB 14 0 220 6-2 Oklahoma St. 12/18/1933 3 8 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 88th pick / 1955
71 Dale Memmelaar 24 8 0 247 6-2 Wyoming 1/15/1937 2 2 Chicago Cardinals / 21st / 242nd pick / 1959
36 Frank Mestnik 23 FB 13 0 200 6-2 Marquette 2/23/1938 1 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 15th / 170th pick / 1960
25 Jerry Norton* 30 LS 14 0 195 5-11 SMU 5/17/1931 7 15 Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 81st pick / 1954
70 Don Owens 29 LDT 14 0 255 6-5 Southern Miss 4/3/1932 4 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1957
78 Luke Owens 28 14 0 254 6-2 Kent St. 10/19/1933 4 4 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1957
74 Ken Panfil 31 3 0 262 6-6 Purdue 9/16/1930 5 2 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 70th pick / 1954
79 Gerry Perry 31 K 13 0 237 6-4 Pepperdine,California 7/17/1930 7 4 Los Angeles Rams / 29th / 349th pick / 1952
88 Sonny Randle* 25 SE 14 0 189 6-2 Virginia 1/6/1936 2 6 Chicago Cardinals / 19th / 218th pick / 1958
65 Tom Redmond 24 10 0 250 6-5 Vanderbilt 9/21/1937 1 4 Chicago Cardinals / 6th / 63rd pick / 1959
84 Joe Robb 24 LDE 12 0 238 6-3 TCU 3/15/1937 2 8 Chicago Bears / 14th / 164th pick / 1959
24 Billy Stacy* 25 13 0 191 6-1 Mississippi St. 7/30/1936 2 14 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 3rd pick / 1959
49 Willie West 23 14 0 190 5-10 Oregon 5/1/1938 1 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 37th pick / 1960
8 Larry Wilson 23 RS 11 11 190 6-0 Utah 3/24/1938 1 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 7th / 74th pick / 1960
Team Total 25.9 14 222.9 6-2.1 2.7