Deceased Football Autographs

Buried With Their Cleats On

The Old Men

My other football autograph web sites are so large that I have created this supplement to those sites.  I could get more space, but since this is simply a hobby for me, I am going on the cheap and limiting my space to keep this web site free.  To see my other football web sites, click on the "Links" page in the directory (above).

I love the old football players.  Their stories are so colorful.  They have lived such rich and full lives.  I've met with them in their homes, sat at their kitchen tables, talked with them on the telephone, and corresponded with them.  My wife calls what I have done for more than twenty years--bothering the old men.  But it has made my life fuller to know them even ever so briefly, whether it be through mail, telephone, or in person.  So many have died.  That's understandable because most of them were old men when I got in touch with them.  If you have seen my other football web site , you'll see comments from grateful grandchildren or sons and daughters of these grand old men (on the guest book page).  My heart is warmed to get a note from a grand-daughter who almost cried when she saw her grandfather's autograph on my web site.  In this spirit, I want to share more documents from my extensive football autograph collection.  What good is an autograph collection if it just sits in a closet?  There is great satisfaction in sharing it with you.

Click on the position or category in the directory (above) to see a deceased player's career, quotes, and signed documents.  The index page lists which position/category each deceased player is listed in.  It also links to deceased players on my other vintage football autograph web site.  I have also provided links to the wonderful Find a Grave web site for many players.  I have created many of the biographical entries for football players on that web site.  In some instances, photographs of their grave markers may be seen.  A new feature that I have incorporated on my web sites is the audio and video clips of some of the players.  How cool is it to listen to the voice of Sammy Baugh or see old film footage of Otto Graham!  Look at the sidebars to see who is featured and the position directory to find them. 

The autographed newspaper sports cartoons in my collection are somewhat unique.  I found them in old newspapers, made copies of them, and sent them to the players to be signed.  They were drawn by such great sports cartoonists as Tom Paprocki, Jack Sords, Alan Maver, and others.  Some of the signed cartoons in my collection are shown on this web site.

In most instances, I display only a signature on this web site. I have letters and many other documents sent to me by these "old men."  My collection is massive and historically valuable.  Please inquire via the guestbook if you are interested to learn if I have other documents for a specific individual.

This is a dynamic web site.  New entries will be added periodically as I learn of their deaths.

LAST UPDATED:  March 29, 2012

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  • Lou Creekmur (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • Art Donovan (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • George McAfee (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • John Mackey (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • Ollie Matson (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • James "Monk" Moscrip (Receivers)
  • Lee Roy Selmon (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • Hank Soar (Defensive Backs/Ends)
  • Ernie Stautner (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • Dick Todd (Running Backs)
  • John Unitas (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • Gene Upshaw (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • Bill Walsh (Pro Hall of Fame)
  • Paul "Tank" Younger (Fullbacks)

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2010 Deaths

  • Johnny Allen (Centers)
  • Vince Banonis (Centers)
  • Herman "Reds" Bassman (Running Backs)
  • George Blanda (Hall of Fame)
  • Tom Brookshier (Defensive Backs)
  • Al Brosky (Defensive Backs)
  • Lew Carpenter (Receivers)
  • Jack Cloud (Fullbacks)
  • Bull Cochran (Fullbacks)
  • Jim Cooper (Centers)
  • Bobby Davis (Tackles)
  • Don Doll (Defensive Backs)
  • Bill Dudley (Hall of Fame)
  • Brad Ecklund (Centers)
  • Bob Fenimore (Running Backs)
  • Frank Gaziano (Guards)
  • Gene Goodreault (Receivers)
  • John Greene (Receivers)
  • Dick Hoerner (Fullbacks)
  • Stan Jones (Hall of Fame)
  • Bob Kennedy (Fullbacks)
  • Ralph Kercheval (Running Backs)
  • Ron Kramer (Receivers)
  • Cliff Livingston (Defensive Backs)
  • Dick Loepfe (Tackles)
  • Leon Manley (Guards)
  • Don Meredith (Quarterbacks)
  • Bob Momsen (Guards)
  • Dom Moselle (Running Backs)
  • John North (Receivers)
  • Merlin Olsen (Hall of Fame)
  • Elliott Ormsbee (Running Backs)
  • Jim Podoley (Running Backs)
  • Charlie Ream (Tackles)
  • Floyd Rhea (Guards)
  • Les Richter (Defensive Backs)
  • Vic Schleich (Tackles)
  • Saul Sherman (Running Backs)
  • Stan Skoczen (Fullbacks)
  • Gene Spangler (Defensive Backs)
  • Bill Stanton (Defensive Ends)
  • Jim Tarrant (Quarterbacks)
  • George Terlep (Quarterbacks)
  • Nick Toth (Guards)
  • Jim Tyree (Receivers)
  • Hugh Wolfe (Fullbacks)

2011 Deaths

Paul Briggs (Tackles)

George Buksar (Defensive Backs)

Ken Carpenter (Running Backs)

Preston Carpenter (Receivers)

Don Chandler (Running Backs)

Lynn Chandnois (Running Backs)

Lloyd Colteryahn (Receivers)

Clyde Conner (Receivers)

Hal Dean (Guards)

Ralph Felton (Defensive Backs)

Bernie Flowers (Receivers)

Ed Frutig (Receivers)

George "Sonny" Franck (Running Backs)

Gale Gillingham (Guards)

Ralph Goldston (Running Backs)

Bill Gray (Centers)

Garland Gregory (Guards)

George Groves (Guards)

Jimmy Harris (Defensive Ends)

Joe Heap (Running Backs)

Duke Iversen (Defensive Backs)

Bill "Tiger" Johnson (Centers)

John Henry Johnson (Hall of Fame)

Jim Keane (Receivers)

Joe Krupa (Tackles)

Ted Lapka (Receivers)

Jim Lipinski (Tackles)

Nolan Luhn (Receivers)

Lenny Lyles (Defensive Backs)

Vaughn Mancha (Centers)

Norm Masters (Tackles)

Ollie Matson (Hall of Fame)

Hal Miller (Tackles)

Ned Oldham (Receivers)

Lindell Pearson (Running Backs)

Joe Perry (Hall of Fame)

Pete Pihos (Hall of Fame)

Andy Robustelli (Hall of Fame)

Ed Royston (Guards)

Lee Roy Selmon (Hall of Fame)

Harley Sewell (Guards)

Paul Shoults (Running Backs)

Bubba Smith (Defensive Ends)

Herb St. John (Guards)

Art Statuto (Centers)

Bill Stits (Defensive Back)

Norm Willey (Defensive Ends)

Wally Yonamine (Running Backs)

Bob Zimny (Tackles)

2012 Deaths

Tony Aiello (Defensive Backs)

Frank Aschenbrenner  (Running Backs)

John Billman (Guards)

J R Boone (Running Backs)

Royal Cathcart (Running Backs)

John Guzik  (Defensive Backs)

Don Joyce (Defensive Ends)

Don Panciera (Quarterbacks)

John Panelli (Defensive Backs)

Joe Paterno  (Coaches)

Alex Webster (Running Backs)