By TJ Troup
Though there are some players who still go both ways; there are plenty of men who concentrate on the defensive side of the ball in this first year of the modern era. The AAFC is disbanded, yet three teams join the NFL, thus we now thirteen teams and a thirteen week season.
Ready? Here goes:
Ray Poole who is player of the week. Giants are down by the strange score of 7-4 when Finks throws an interception to Harmon Rowe of NYG. He scampers back across mid-field and has the ball ripped from his arms. Frank Wydo grabs the loose ball, but Poole takes the ball away from Wydo and trundles 13 yards to the Pittsburgh thirty-seven yard line. Poole flips the ball over his shoulder to Tom Landry and he dashes the rest of the way to score. Poole also recovers another Steeler fumble and dashes 38 yards with the ball. New York wins 18-7. Ray is rewarded for an outstanding season with a trip to Los Angeles for the first pro bowl game.
Russ Craft returns his 4 interceptions 57 yards in the Philadelphia 45-7 victory.
|Spec Sanders in the AAFC|
Don Doll continues his mastery of pilfering the pigskin as he steals 3 passes for 43 yards as Detroit beats San Francisco 24-7.
Ed Sprinkle. He leads a pass rush that records four sacks for 39 yards, and on one of his vicious pass rushes, he records a strip sack. Sprinkle also partially blocks a punt in the 28-14 win (the game was tied 7-7 at the half). Sprinkle also heads to Los Angeles for the Pro Bowl.
Otto Schnellbacher. He steals 3 passes to stop Graham and the Browns. On one of his returns the savvy Schnellbacher laterals to Tunnell for an additional 21 yards to set up a Giant score in the 17-13 win. The Giants are now 4-1, and the Browns 4-2. Folks we have an American Conference race shaping up.
Ken Gorgal makes some strong open field tackles, records an interception, and returns a Steeler fumble 15 yards.
Alex Agase is aligned at middle linebacker, left linebacker, and defensive tackle in the Browns myriad of defenses. He plays standout football at all three. Agase is all over the field in pursuit making tackles. He drifts to his right on his zone drop near the Cleveland goal line to intercept and return 14 yards to further add to his outstanding game.
Jerry Shipkey. He pursues and tackles all over the field and intercepts.
Woodley Lewis will not only set the team record for interceptions in a season with 12, but he will also be chosen for the Pro Bowl. First quarter on 2nd and 24 Ratterman fires and Lewis intercepts and returns for 28 yards. Second quarter on 1st and 10, he pilfers Ratterman and returns 18. Finally in the 4th quarter as New York has advanced deep into Ram territory in trying to get back in the hard-fought game Lewis intercepts on the goal line and dashes 24 yards. Los Angeles hangs on to win 43-35.
Warren Lahr, who weaves his way down the sideline to score from 30 yards out. This is the only Browns touchdown today in the 13-7 victory.
John Cannady has been part of the rebuilding process in New York, and he leads his resilient band of Giants to shut the door on Philadelphia in the second half. Cannady is a demon in pursuit and contributes an interception as the "umbrella defense" of New York ties for the conference title.