Steve Van Buren, Halfback, LSU, 6-0, 200, Philadelphia Eagles 1944-1951, Class of 1965, Bo. 1 draft pick, 1944...All-NFL six straight years...Provided Eagles a battering ram punch...Won NFL rushing title four times...1944 punt return, 1945 kickoff return champ...Scored only touchdown in 7-0 title win, 1948...Rushed for then-record 196 yards in 1949 finals...Career mark: 5,850 yards rushing, 464 points scored...Superseded 1,000 yards in rushing twice...Born Dec, 28, 1920, in La Celba, Honduras.Steve Van Buren answered to a lot of names during his eight-year career in the NFL, "Wham Bam," "Supersonic Steve," "Blockbuster," and several more. Translated, they all mean he was an exceptional football player.Philadelphia had never finished above fourth place until Steve came on the scene in 1944. That year they finished second, were runners-up two more years, and won-three straight division titles, and the NFL title in 1948 and 1949.Born in Honduras, Van Buren was orphaned when he was very young and sent to New Orleans to live with his grandparents. He failed to make the high school football team at Warren Easton as a 125-pound sophomore, but as a senior he played well enough to win a scholarship to LSU, In his senior season, Van Buren rushed for 832 yards. Encouraged by LSU coach Bernie Moore, the Eagles selected him as their top pick in the draft. It was a break for Van Buren and, for the Eagles, possibly their most fortunate ever.
Y. A. Tittle, quarterback, 6-0, 192, LSU, 1948-1950 Baltimore Colts (AAFC/NFL), 1951-1960 San Francisco 49ers, 1961-64 New York Giants, AAFC Rookie of the Year, 1948, Joined 49ers in 1951 after the Colts disbanded. Career record: 2,427 completions, 33,070 yards, 242 touchdowns, 13 games over 300 yards passing...Paced 1961, 1962, 1963 Gaints to division titles...Threw 33 TD passes in 1962, 36 in 1963...NFL's MVP 1961, 1963..,All-NFL, 1957, 1961, 1962, `963...Elected to seven Pro Bowls...Born Oct, 24, 1826, in Marshall, Tex.Played 17 seasons of pro football. He played three seasons with the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference. (1947-49) and one with the Colts in the NFL in 1959. He played 10 seasons with he 49ers and in his final four seasons with the New York Giants. Although Tittle had excellent personal statistics while playing for the Colts and 49ers, the one thing that eluded him was a championship.Then in 1961, when Tittle was traded to New York for defensive tackle Lou Cordileone, it looked like his fate would change. Cordilone came up with a classic quote after the trade, "That's all they got for me?" The Giants were contenders. However, when he joined the team, he was about as welcome as a bill collector. The Giants were a veteran, close-knit group, proud of their past successes. They knew that Tittle would be battling a team favorite, 40-year-old Charley Conerly, for the quarterback job. That Giants may have feigned cordially to their new new teammate, but for weeks, Yat was the loneliest guy in town.When the 1961 season started, Tittle and Conerly shared he quarterback duties, but as the Giants moved nearer to the NFL Eastern Division crown, it became more and more evident that Tittle was the guy making it all possible. By the time he was named MVP, the cold-shoulder treatment from the Giants had long evaporated.In 1962, Tittle played even better with 33 TD passes and a career-high 3,224 yards. A year later, his TD figure went up to 36, Even though they had failed to win the over-all NFL crown, in New York when Tittle was at the at the helm.
Jim Taylor, Running Back, 6-0, 215, Northwestern Louisiana, 1964-1977 Green Bay Packers 1958-1966, New Orleans Saints 1967. Class of 1976.
Following his First Team All-American selection as a senior in 1957, Taylor was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2nd round of the 1958 NFL Draft. As a Packer, Taylor was a 6-time All Pro selection while helping to lead Vince Lombardi's Packhers to three NFL championships.
Taylor is a member of the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team and was the league's MVP in 1962. The Baton Rouge native scored 83 pro touchdowns and rushed for 8,597 yards.