I’ve been spotlighting some great players from the past recently like receiver Hal Bedsole (above) because it often seems like these players are forgotten despite their contributions. But here’s another reason: When many of these guys played, the rules required you to play both offense and defense. And there was one substitution per quarter. Rosters could be 40-50 players.
Compare that to last season when everyone was amazed USC managed with 70 scholarship players and only 2-3 substitutions on defense. It was a different era but one that deserves to be appreciated.