Phil Bengtson’s Taxi Squads

Trying to uncover taxi squad members from newspaper accounts nearly a half century old is a laborious task and one that is unlikely to reconstruct a complete picture. In other words, there were probably others on the taxi squads from 1968-1970, but I did not find a record of them. The taxi squad during this time consisted of up to seven players at a time and was beginning to be used more fluidly by teams to adjust their rosters during the season. This list is meant as a starting point.

1968

Two taxi squad members appeared in no regular season games for the Packers in 1968: fullback Ben Wilson and defensive back Andy Beath. Quarterback Billy Stevens, and defensive back Gordon Rule each appeared in one game; kicker Errol Mann appeared in two; receiver Bucky Pope appeared in three, while defensive ends Leo Carroll and Francis Winkler appeared in six and seven games respectively.

1969

Three taxi squad members appeared in no regular season games for the Packers in 1969: tackle Larry Agajanian, defensive back Leon Harden and kicker Rick Duncan. Quarterback Billy Stevens appeared in one game again; Henry Jordan appeared in five; and defensive lineman Jim Weatherwax and tight end Ron Jones each appeared in six games.

1970

Four taxi squad members appeared in no regular season games in 1970: defensive back Gordon Rule, tackles Gary McArthur and Jack O’Malley and kicker Jerry Warren. Quarterback Rick Norton and receiver Mike Carter appeared in three games; guard Dave Bradley appeared in four; defensive end Marty Amsler appeared in nine; and linebacker Jim Carter appeared in ten.

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Rule custom card is colorized.

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