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1957 Topps #22 Norm Van Brocklin card.

SKU: Norm Van Brocklin #22 $4.95
Norman Mack ''Norm'' Van Brocklin (March 15 1926 May 2 1983) nicknamed ''The Dutchman'' was an American football quarterback punter and coach in the National Football League. Van Brocklin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Van Brocklin was drafted in the fourth round (37th overall) of the 1949 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.[9] He joined a team that already had a star quarterback Bob Waterfield. Beginning in 1950 new Rams coach Joe Stydahar solved his problem by platooning Waterfield and Van Brocklin. The 1950 Rams scored an (at that time) NFL record 466 points (38.8 per game - which is still a record) with a high octane passing attack featuring Tom Fears and Elroy ''Crazy Legs'' Hirsch. Fears led the league and set a new NFL record with 84 receptions. Van Brocklin and Waterfield finished 1-2 in passer rating as well. They were defeated by the Cleveland Browns in the 1950 title game 30-28. In 1951 Van Brocklin and Waterfield again split quarterbacking duties and the Rams again won the West. That year Hirsch set an NFL record with 1495 receiving yards and tied Don Hutson's record of 17 touchdown receptions. This time the Rams won the title rematch against Cleveland 24-17. Waterfield (9-24 125 yards) took most of the snaps but Van Brocklin (4-6 128 yards) threw the game winner of 73 yards to Fears. This was the last Rams championship until 1999. Also in 1951 on September 28 Van Brocklin threw for 554 yards breaking Johnny Lujack's single-game record of 468 a mark that still stands more than 60 years later. From 1952 to 1957 Van Brocklin continued to quarterback the Rams leading them to the title game again in 1955. In that game the Browns defeated the Rams 38-14 while Van Brocklin threw six interceptions. In 1958 Van Brocklin joined the Philadelphia Eagles under famed head coach Buck Shaw. Shaw gave Van Brocklin total control of the Eagle offense. Steadily Van Brocklin improved the Eagles' attack. In the 1960 NFL Championship Game throwing to his favorite receiver 5' 9'' 176 pound Tommy McDonald Van Brocklin quarterbacked the Eagles to victory against the Green Bay Packers. In a game dominated by defense he led a fourth quarter comeback resulting in a final score of 17-13. During his twelve-year career Van Brocklin played on two championship teams in the National Football League: the 1951 Los Angeles Rams and the 1960 Philadelphia Eagles. Following the latter triumph he retired. As it turned out his Eagles team would be the only team to defeat the Packers in a playoff game during Vince Lombardi's tenure as Green Bay's head coach. Van Brocklin led the NFL in passing three times and in punting twice. On nine occasions he was selected to the Pro Bowl