Frank (Bucko) Kilroy, director of player personnel for the New England Patriots, says that if the Redskins had a solid draft after the merger of the National and American football leagues they would have been on top forever. We had the quarterback (Sonny Jurgensen) and the wide receivers (Charley Taylor and Bobby Mitchell)."
The former scout for the Redskins, who was fired after Otto Graham became head coach, points out that Washington was on a par with Dallas at that time and would have gone ahead of the Cowboys if the Redskins had been able to sign players such as cornerback Kent McCloughan, whom they drafted but lost to the Oakland Raiders.
McCloughan became an All-AFL player and Kilroy says, "If we had gotten players such as him Bill McPeak still would be the coach of the Redskins." Kilroy said the Redskins were "hindered financially at the time."
Among those still playing who were scouted by Kilroy are Len hauss, Chris Hanburger, Taylor, Jerry Smith and Paul Kruase (now with Minnesota).
Kilroy went on to the Cowboys for six years and recalls that he scouted about half their present roster.
At New England he was instrumental in the Patriots signing Sam (Bam) Cunningham ("the best blocker in the United States"), John Hannah, Darryl Stingley, Steve Nelson, Russ Francis, Mike Haynes, Tim Fox and Raymond Clayborn.
Kilroy's best pick of all? Jurgensen, for the Philadelphia Eagles, when Kilroy scouted for them.
"He was smart, a good athlete with a high IQ," Kilroy remembers. "I saw him as a sophomore complete 20 of 27 passes for Duke and beat Penn. Then Bill Murray became the coach at Duke and there was not as much passing.
"The reason he lasted until the fourth round of the draft was that nobody would believe how good he was until he was seen in person. Teddy Marchibroda (formerly Pittsburgh quarterback) recently said of Jurgensen's three-quarter delivery. 'If I had a three-quarter arm like Jurgensen I'd still be playing."
Marchibroda, 46, the Baltimore head coach, was an assistant on McPeak's Redskins' staff and George Allen's staff at Los Angeles and Washington.
"Variety" says it is probably safe to say the National Football League's new television contract for four years with all three networks is the biggest in the history of the entertainment business, not merely television.
With each of the 28 clubs averaging about $5 million annually, they will receive about $312,500 for each of their 16 regular-season games, beginning in 1978. The Redskins' capacity at RFK Stadium is 55,000 and they average about $11 for a ticket to home games, or $605,000. But 15 per cent of that goes to rent and 40 per cent to the visiting team. So the television revenue will top a "live" gate.
The expansion franchise at Tampa Bay and Seattle cost $16 million each. The San Francisco 49ers management sold 90 per cent of the stock to Edward J. DeBartolo Jr. for $16.5 million.
Now, beginning next year, all three will be guaranteed $20 million each over four years from television, more than offsetting their investments.