We’ve all heard the story of how the undrafted Willie Wood wrote to all the NFL teams asking for a tryout in 1960, with only Vince Lombardi and Jack Vainisi expressing interest. Green Bay brought the short, black Southern California quarterback in for a look-see and a Hall of Fame safety emerged.

Last year, when I was touring the Packer Hall of Fame, I was interested to note in a Willie Wood display a copy of a brief scouting report prepared by George Dickson on Wood October 25, 1958 for the Packers. The scout commented on the 5’9” 173-pound junior quarterback/tailback:

He could have been a great prospect, but I doubt if he will by the time he graduates. Might be a defensive back prospect. Good competitor.

No indication is given as to why Wood was no longer considered a prospect. I always wondered why Al Davis, USC’s line coach, didn’t sign Wood for the Chargers when Al moved there as an assistant coach in 1960.

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Custom cards in early 1960s styles.

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