I continue to educate myself about the history of USC football and I’m intrigued more than usual because I never heard of one of the Trojans pictured above. Can you name them without researching? This is the 1970 Playboy All-American defensive team and when I first glanced at the photo, I thought it contained two USC players. But there’s a third I nearly skipped because I did not recognize the name.
I reveal all three and the entire Playboy offensive and defensive teams after the jump:
As you look up at the team, here are USC’s first Playboy All-Americans: Defensive end Marlin McKeever (86) and his twin brother, offensive guard Mike McKeever (68). Both were All-Americans at USC. The rest of the Playboy team is identified after the jump.
Jim Sears was a halfback and safety at USC but in 1952 he led the Trojans in passing (48 completions, 712 yards), total offense (1,030 yards), scoring (36 points) and punt returns (478 yards). He also finished seventh in the 1952 Heisman Trophy results. He played pro football and also spent a year (1959) as an assistant coach at USC. He was also one of the nicest guys to play at USC as anyone who met him would tell you, including me.
In 1960 Life magazine did a photo essay on the growing popularity of NFL football. Here’s one of the photos, with former USC safety Lindon Crow (right) of the New York Giants covering the Philadelphia Eagles’ Tommy McDonald.
USC defensive end Jimmy Gunn was an All-American in 1969 and became part of the “Wild Bunch” defensive line. He played six seasons with the Chicago Bears before he retired in 1976 and is a member of the USC Hall of Fame.
Here is the 1972 Playboy preseason All-American team featuring USC offensive tackle Pete Adams (77) and tight end Charles Young (89). No. 22 on the left is tailback Terry Metcalf of Long Beach State when the 49ers played football. Full team listed after the jump:
Ben Wilson, shown going over the top of the line of scrimmage, was a powerful USC running back (1960-62) who played in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers. He started Super Bowl II for legendary coach Vince Lombardi. And he won a national title at USC when the Trojans won the 1963 Rose Bowl.