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1981 St. Louis Cardinals

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7-9-0, Finished 5th in NFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.7, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -4.8, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 315 points (19.7/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 408 points (25.5/g), 27th.
 Differential of -93 points (-5.8/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-10.4.

Coach: Jim Hanifan (7-9-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bettis

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Lindenwoods Colleges (St. Charles, Missouri)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim Hart 37 15 9 134 for 241, 1,694 yards, 11 td, 14 int, & 3 rushes for 2 yards and 0 td
RB Ottis Anderson 24 2 16 328 rushes for 1,376 yards, 9 td, & 51 catches for 387 yards and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 8th pick / 1979
FB Wayne Morris 27 5 13 109 rushes for 417 yards, 5 td, & 19 catches for 165 yards and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 141st pick / 1976
WR Mel Gray 33 10 12 27 catches for 310 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 4 yards and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 147th pick / 1971
WR Pat Tilley 28 5 16 66 catches for 1,040 yards, 3 td St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 114th pick / 1976
TE Greg LaFleur 23 Rook 11 14 catches for 190 yards, 2 td Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1981
LT George Collins 26 3 13 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 96th pick / 1978
LG Terry Stieve 27 5 16 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 160th pick / 1976
C Tom Brahaney 30 8 16 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 109th pick / 1973
RG Joe Bostic 24 2 14 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 64th pick / 1979
RT Dan Dierdorf 32 10 16 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE Bob Pollard 33 10 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 11th / 262nd pick / 1971
LDT Mike Dawson 28 5 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1976
RDT Rush Brown 27 1 13 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 255th pick / 1980
RDE Curtis Greer 24 1 12 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 6th pick / 1980
LLB Eric Williams 26 4 11 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 216th pick / 1977
MLB Dave Ahrens 23 Rook 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 143rd pick / 1981
RLB E.J. Junior 22 Rook 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 5th pick / 1981
LCB Jeff Griffin 23 Rook 9 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 61st pick / 1981
RCB Roger Wehrli 34 12 9 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1969
SS Lee Nelson 27 5 15 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 15th / 420th pick / 1976
FS Ken Greene 25 3 15 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1978
 Special Teams Starters
K Neil O'Donoghue 28 4 0 19 of 32 field goals & 36 of 37 extra points Buffalo Bills / 5th / 127th pick / 1977
P Carl Birdsong 22 Rook 0 69 punts for a 41.8 average, 0 blocked
PR Stump Mitchell 22 Rook 0 42 punt returns for a 10.6 average and 1 td St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 226th pick / 1981
KR Stump Mitchell 22 Rook 0 55 kick returns for a 23.5 average and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 226th pick / 1981

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
67 Bill Acker 25 8 0 255 6-3 Texas 11/7/1956 1 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 142nd pick / 1980
58 Dave Ahrens 23 MLB 16 10 238 6-3 Wisconsin 12/5/1958 Rook 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 143rd pick / 1981
27 Carl Allen 26 LCB 10 8 185 6-0 Southern Miss 12/21/1955 4 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 11th / 299th pick / 1977
32 Ottis Anderson 24 RB 16 16 220 6-2 Miami (FL) 1/19/1957 2 13 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 8th pick / 1979
52 Charles Baker 24 ROLB 14 8 226 6-2 New Mexico 9/26/1957 1 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 81st pick / 1980
81 Mark Bell 24 wr 1 1 175 5-9 Colorado St. 6/14/1957 1 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 130th pick / 1979
18 Carl Birdsong 22 P 16 0 192 6-0 SW Oklahoma St. 1/1/1959 Rook 2
71 Joe Bostic 24 RG 14 14 265 6-3 Clemson 4/20/1957 2 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 64th pick / 1979
51 Tom Brahaney 30 C 16 16 245 6-2 Oklahoma 10/23/1951 8 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 109th pick / 1973
69 Rush Brown 27 RDT 16 13 257 6-2 Ball St. 6/27/1954 1 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 255th pick / 1980
33 Theotis Brown 24 rb 4 3 225 6-2 UCLA 4/20/1957 2 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 35th pick / 1979
43 Steve Carpenter 23 1 0 195 6-2 West. Illinois 1/22/1958 1 0
64 Randy Clark 24 16 0 260 6-3 Northern Illinois 7/27/1957 1 1 Chicago Bears / 8th / 215th pick / 1980
86 Ralph Clayton 23 7 0 222 6-3 Michigan 9/29/1958 Rook 0 New York Jets / 2nd / 47th pick / 1980
44 Tim Collier 27 rcb 14 6 172 6-0 Texas A&M-Commerce 5/31/1954 5 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 9th / 249th pick / 1976
66 George Collins 26 LT 16 13 257 6-2 Georgia 12/9/1955 3 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 96th pick / 1978
80 Chris Combs 23 te 16 2 238 6-4 New Mexico 3/17/1958 1 0 Houston Oilers / 4th / 106th pick / 1980
60 Barney Cotton 25 g 16 2 264 6-5 Nebraska 9/30/1956 2 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1979
63 Kirby Criswell 24 2 0 238 6-5 Kansas 8/31/1957 1 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 31st pick / 1980
73 Mike Dawson 28 LDT 16 16 270 6-4 Arizona 10/16/1953 5 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1976
72 Dan Dierdorf 32 RT 16 16 275 6-3 Michigan 6/29/1949 10 8 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1971
59 Calvin Favron 24 lolb 14 7 225 6-1 SE Louisiana 7/3/1957 2 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 46th pick / 1979
50 Doak Field 23 7 0 228 6-2 Baylor 10/8/1958 Rook 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 192nd pick / 1981
26 Mike Fisher 23 2 0 172 5-11 Baylor 4/22/1958 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 198th pick / 1981
86 John Floyd 25 wr 4 1 195 6-1 La-Monroe 9/10/1956 2 0 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 104th pick / 1979
57 John Gillen 23 16 0 227 6-3 Illinois 11/5/1958 Rook 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 116th pick / 1981
85 Mel Gray 33 WR 12 12 175 5-9 Missouri 9/28/1948 10 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 147th pick / 1971
25 Roy Green 24 wr 16 2 195 6-0 Henderson St. 6/30/1957 2 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 89th pick / 1979
37 Ken Greene 25 FS 15 15 203 6-3 Washington St. 5/8/1956 3 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1978
75 Curtis Greer 24 RDE 16 12 255 6-4 Michigan 11/10/1957 1 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 6th pick / 1980
35 Jeff Griffin 23 LCB 16 9 185 6-0 Utah 7/19/1958 Rook 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 61st pick / 1981
39 Willard Harrell 29 16 0 162 5-8 Pacific 9/16/1952 6 1 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 58th pick / 1975
17 Jim Hart 37 QB 10 9 215 6-1 Southern Illinois 4/29/1944 15 5
46 Charles Johnson 25 5 0 182 5-10 Grambling St. 5/5/1956 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 101st pick / 1979
54 E.J. Junior 22 RLB 16 13 238 6-3 Alabama 12/8/1959 Rook 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 5th pick / 1981
56 Tim Kearney 31 rilb 6 6 227 6-2 Northern Michigan 11/5/1950 9 2 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 83rd pick / 1972
89 Greg LaFleur 23 TE 16 11 236 6-4 LSU 9/16/1958 Rook 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1981
16 Rusty Lisch 25 9 1 213 6-3 Notre Dame 12/21/1956 1 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 89th pick / 1980
15 Neil Lomax 22 qb 14 7 215 6-3 Portland St. 2/17/1959 Rook 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1981
40 Randy Love 25 16 0 208 6-1 Houston 9/30/1956 2 0 New England Patriots / 8th / 216th pick / 1979
62 Dale Markham 24 2 0 280 6-8 North Dakota 7/24/1957 1 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 287th pick / 1980
87 Doug Marsh 23 te 4 3 236 6-3 Michigan 6/18/1958 1 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1980
76 Stafford Mays 23 16 0 252 6-2 Washington 3/13/1958 1 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 225th pick / 1980
30 Stump Mitchell 22 KR 16 0 188 5-9 The Citadel 3/15/1959 Rook 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 226th pick / 1981
24 Wayne Morris 27 FB 16 13 207 6-0 SMU 5/3/1954 5 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 141st pick / 1976
38 Lee Nelson 27 SS 15 15 185 5-10 Florida St. 1/30/1954 5 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 15th / 420th pick / 1976
11 Neil O'Donoghue 28 K 16 0 208 6-6 St. Bernard,Auburn 6/18/1953 4 3 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 127th pick / 1977
70 Art Plunkett 22 8 0 269 6-7 UNLV 3/8/1959 Rook 1 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 216th pick / 1981
82 Bob Pollard 33 LDE 15 15 250 6-3 Texas Southern,Weber St. 12/30/1948 10 5 New Orleans Saints / 11th / 262nd pick / 1971
79 Bruce Radford 26 nt 9 1 257 6-5 Grambling St. 10/5/1955 2 1 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 77th pick / 1979
48 Don Schwartz 25 db 5 1 191 6-1 Washington St. 2/24/1956 3 1 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 87th pick / 1978
84 Dave Stief 25 12 0 195 6-3 Portland St. 1/29/1956 3 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 7th / 181st pick / 1978
68 Terry Stieve 27 LG 16 16 256 6-2 Wisconsin 3/10/1954 5 8 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 160th pick / 1976
83 Pat Tilley 28 WR 16 16 178 5-10 Louisiana Tech 2/15/1953 5 10 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 114th pick / 1976
74 Ken Times 25 2 0 246 6-2 Southern 1/1/1956 1 0 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 112th pick / 1980
22 Roger Wehrli 34 RCB 16 9 190 6-0 Missouri 11/26/1947 12 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1969
55 Eric Williams 26 LILB 15 11 227 6-2 USC 6/17/1955 4 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 216th pick / 1977
42 Herb Williams 23 3 0 190 6-1 Southern 8/30/1958 1 0 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 139th pick / 1980
62 Keith Wortman 31 t 4 3 260 6-2 Nebraska 7/20/1950 9 2 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 242nd pick / 1972
Team Total 25.6 16 221.9 6-1.8 3.0