Editors Note: Former NFL Player Brad Leggett @MyEliteNetwork (son of coaching legend Earl Leggett) interviews NFL legend Jerry Rhome. If you thought you heard all of the best NFL stories…You haven’t heard anything yet. Dive in as Brad and Jerry discuss how Jerry was responsible for getting “Broadway” Joe Namath to the New York Jets, what legendary coach Tom Landry was really like, The Ice Bowl story you’ve never heard, and serious topics like racism in 1960’s America and its effect on the NFL, and a whole lot more!
About NFL Legend Jerry Rhome
For those of you who’ve never heard of Jerry Rhome here’s a little about Jerry. Jerry was born in Dallas and played high school football in Sunset. He began his college career at SMU then transferred to Tulsa where he finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy — to John Huarte of Notre Dame — in one of the closest elections ever recorded.
Rhome held a number of NCAA records, including the largest number of touchdowns in a game, in a season, and the most consecutive passes without an interception in a football season and in his career. Rhome also won the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 1964, and had his Number 17 jersey retired by the school.
In 1984, he was inducted into the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1988, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He also was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas High School Hall of Fame.
Jerry’s NFL Career
Jerry was drafted by the the Dallas Cowboys in the 13th round of the 1964 draft, and he was also drafted by the New York Jets in the 25th round that very same year. I can hear some young folks asking, “how’s that possible?” Simple , we’re talking about the the early 60’s before the AFL and NFL merged.
Throughout his career Jerry Rhome played for the Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Houston Oilers, LA Rams to a brief one year stint in the CFL in 1972.
Rhome became an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa. Next, his first of many NFL coaching jobs was with the Seattle Seahawks. Then while with the Washington Redskins, he earned a Super Bowl championship ring. Rhome is also credited with the signing of future hall of fame wide receiver Steve Largent with the Seattle Seahawks.
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