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A window into a little NFL history

Before the Herschel Walker trade or the Ricky Williams draft heist, there was the Ollie Matson megadeal.

The Hall of Fame running back, who passed away over the weekend, was once traded to the Chicago Cardinals in exchange for nine Los Angeles Rams.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame posted the telegram that included the trade details, and we thought it was so cool we should pass it along.

Matson also won two medals in the 1952 Olympics and had his career interrupted early by military service before finishing a 14-year run in the NFL.  Now that’s a career.

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5 Responses to “A window into a little NFL history”
  1. thespeaker08 says: Feb 21, 2011 11:23 AM

    1 player for 9?

    I didn’t know that that Redskins owner Dan Snyder was making deals in which only he gets screwed all the way back then!

  2. arzcardinals says: Feb 21, 2011 11:35 AM

    Just like the Cardinals to screw up!
    Ugh it’s not easy being a Cardinals fan.

  3. goodjet says: Feb 21, 2011 11:44 AM

    Cool!!! —- Some almost Ancient draft stuff —- Very Cool —- Interesting too

  4. vonsmoky71165 says: Feb 21, 2011 12:09 PM

    could it be that as GM of the Rams and making this blockbuster trade this is why he was selected as the next Commissioner? hmmm. Does that mean Jerry Jones is our next Commissioner? Say it ain’t so!!

  5. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 21, 2011 1:39 PM

    Matson was traded to the Rams, not to the Cardinals.

    He averaged 5.4 YPC that season and did little else in LA after that. Both the Rams and Cardinals went 2-10 in 1959. Most of the players that LA traded for Matson bolted from Chicago in 1960.

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