Is Don Shula Rookie-less?

Don Shula is one of the best coaches the NFL has seen.  He is mostly known for being the coach of the Miami Dolphins, especially during their Perfect Season, but he also was a player for the Browns, Colts, and Redskins.  His playing career only lasted for seven years, but it surprises me that he never had a rookie card made during that time.  In fact, the closest thing Shula has to a rookie card would be the large team issued cards from 1963-1964.  But being team issued, doesn’t technically count as a true rookie.  From what I’ve found, Shula’s real rookie would have to be this 1964 Philadelphia Colts’ Play of the Year card.  To me, this sure doesn’t look like a normal rookie.  I guess Topps and Bowman missed out on this one.

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One Response

  1. I think Vince Lombardi also has one of these play of the year cards as his rookie card, though I suppose he didn’t play 7 seasons in the NFL like Shula.

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