The year was 1969 . . .

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Richard Nixon was in his first year as president of the United States. Yours truly was born. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon. There was this event call, Woodstock. Charles Manson’s followers kill Sharon Tate and six others, and the U.S. introduces the “X” rating system for movies.

Interesting? Sure.

But from a local standpoint, you’d be more interested to know 1969 was the last time, and only time, both Mississippi State and Ole Miss didn’t have a single player taken in the NFL Draft.

Useless fact? Perhaps. But interesting indeed.

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7 Responses to “The year was 1969 . . .”

  1. theconquistador2 Says:

    I was a little surprised that Titus Brown didn’t get drafted. But I keep up with the draft about as much as I do the PBA.

  2. bigdraws Says:

    When will they know if they get a free agent deal?

  3. nabhi Says:

    And — January 12, 1969, Joe Wille Namath leads the New York Jets to a Super Bowlwin over the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts.
    Man, I cleaned up on wagers in the dorm at Miss. College!
    If I remember correctly, the last player to touch the ball in that game was Larry Grantham of that other SEC “school” in Mississippi. He deflected the last pass.

  4. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Yeah, I was surprised too Titus didn’t get drafted. Free agency deals can start as early as now.

    Good stuff nabhi. I’ve heard the story on Grantham before. Didn’t he also used to be the sideline reporter several years ago for Ole Miss?

  5. nabhi Says:

    Grantham was a great tipper (I ushered for a Broadway series musical in Jackson during my college days and seated him and his wife). His younger brother was in college with me. Nice guy despite the connection with the other “school”.
    By the way, another connection was that Grantham played with the original NY Titans (later Jets). The first Titans coach was Sammy Baugh who went there from being head coach at Hardin-Simmons (where I teach). The second coach was Clyde “Bulldog” Turner who played college ball at Hardin-Simmons. Bulldog died a few years ago. Sammy still lives — crusty as ever. None of that will be on the final exam.

  6. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Make that a bonus question. LOL

  7. nabhi Says:

    Well, football is a religion out here.

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