Dan Devine’s Taxi Squads (incomplete)

Trying to uncover taxi squad members from newspaper accounts dating more than 40 years back is a laborious task and one that is unlikely to reconstruct a complete picture. In other words, there were others on the taxi squads from 1971-1974, 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.


Four taxi squad members appeared in no regular season games for the Packers in 1971: wide receivers Sam Dickerson and Mike Carter, as well as defensive backs Butch Davis and Leon Harden. Punter Ken Duncan appeared in three games; quarterback Bart Starr and kicker Tim Webster in four; kicker Lou Michaels in nine and center Wimpy Winther in 11. Tackle Kevin Hunt spent the season in injured reserve.


Two taxi squad members appeared in no regular season games for the Packers in 1972: quarterback Charles Napper and runner Charlie Pittman. Runner Ward Walsh and linebacker Larry Hefner appeared in two games each, and tackle Kevin Hunt appeared in three.


Two taxi squad members appeared in no regular season games in 1973: quarterback Charles Napper and tackle Lee Nystrom. Linebacker Noel Jenke appeared in two; center Larry McCarren appeared in five, runner Les Goodman in six; quarterback Scott Hunter and defensive end Aaron Brown in eight, tackle Kent Branstetter in nine and tight end Mike Donohoe in 13.


I have uncovered no taxi squadders in 1974. I did find many players assigned to injured reserve and some of these may also have transitioned to the taxi squad at some point. Players assigned to IR in 1974 include C Ken Bowman, WR Tyrone Byrd, LB Monte Doris, T Bill Hayhoe, LB Noel Jenke, QB Charles Napper, T Bart Purvis, LB Tom Toner, G Bruce Van Dyke and T Dave Wannstedt. Only Van Dyke and Jenke appeared in any regular season games that season.

1971tsdickerson2  1972tcnapper

Dickerson custom card is colorized.


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