Todd threw five interceptions at the rain-soaked and muddy Orange Bowl, and the Dolphins won, 14-0. Of course, the Jets had an incumbent veteran quarterback when Todd arrived in the NFL. I work in Atlanta during the week and then want to spend time with my family at home on weekends. One of his sons, Gator, played golf at Alabama in the mid-2000s. Namath was still playing at the time Todd was at Alabama and he spent summers in Tuscaloosa working out, including working out with Todd. “But I watch them on TV and I’m a huge fan.
Joe told them ‘this guy from Alabama can throw the ball. We had the youngest team in pro football for probably five years in a row. So, I got my series 7 (license) and went from the equities sales to bond sales and have been an institutional bond salesman ever since.Â, "I enjoy the market and the interaction. We became pretty good buddies. Todd took over as the starter in the season’s second half, as Namath continued to have issues with injury. Todd was one of 14 Alabama players drafted in the first round under Bryant, who coached the Crimson Tide from 1958-82.
Todd said the NFL was much more of an afterthought in his day than it is for current players, at least at Alabama. Daugter Darbi Lou and son Jimmy are also Alabama graduates. He has commuted from work to his farm in Florence, but he said, “not as much as I was.”, “I’m still working,” he said. "I went to Alabama and majored in P.E., I always wanted to coach. So that made it a lot of fun. Todd, who had originally committed to Auburn, signed with Alabama, saying it was an opportunity to play for the best coach in football. Now I don’t have that and it’s a long ride, and games you want to go to are at night. 6 in the 1976 NFL draft by the New York Jets, and went on to play 11 seasons in the league. Todd starred at Davidson High School in Mobile, and signed with Alabama and coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in the spring of 1972 after first being committed to Auburn. Nearly 35 years removed from his NFL career, Todd is at last no longer the answer to a trivia question. He was hurt after the third or fourth game (in my rookie year), and I was kind of thrown into the melee at that time.
“Then I got a call around 1:30 in the afternoon from the Tuscaloosa paper. "I thought it was great, I get to go play with Joe Willie," Todd said. You went there to play for Coach Bryant, just like people now go to Alabama to play for Coach Saban. “We worked out together and kind of hung out together during the summertime,” Todd said. What do you think is different today? “He had been my idol growing up,” Todd said. Since Saban took over in 2007, 33 Alabama players have been selected in the opening round (though there are a few more NFL teams now).
(In his career Todd rushed 304 times for 1,254 yards and 16 touchdowns. If we could have caught the ball, we could have had six. “Coach Saban pretty much sticks with the No. 6 player in the first round. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. People Search, Background Checks, Criminal Records, Contact Information, Public Records & More The quarterbacks are so well-trained and they have great coaching. Y’all go down and look at him.’”. Richard Todd on Tua Tagovailoa ending Alabama’s QB draft drought: ‘I can’t believe it took so long’. “I had a real good Senior Bowl and that was probably the tipping point for me to get drafted,” Todd said. Now these guys goes to camps and they see their competition and work with receivers all over South and everyone recruiting and quarterbacks are so well trained.
“We threw six times a game at Alabama. "(Alan) Ace Greenberg ran Bear Stearns and Jimmy Cayne ran the retail department, that's who I started out with. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. In 1965 the New York Jets famously selected Joe Namath as the No. And Todd would say later that Namath’s influence played a big role in the Jets drafting him. I talked to (Joe) Klecko within the last two or three months. The Green & White had a tint of crimson under center. Following football, Todd got into investment banking and securities trading with Bear Stearns because, well, it wasn't football. I wish he was still around. Green & White Sign Sergio Castillo to Active Roster; Elevate LB Bryce Hager, WR Jaleel Scott, Adam Gase on Patrick Mahomes: 'He's the Best Quarterback Guy That I've Ever Seen'. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. As a rookie, Todd played with Namath and looked forward to Joe being his mentor, but Namath went to the Rams the next year. He quarterbacked the Jets for the next seven seasons, highlighted by an AFC championship game appearance in 1982. But since he was picked 44 years ago, no Alabama quarterback had been drafted higher than the third round (Brodie Croyle in 2006) until Tagovailoa this year. If they could have caught the ball, they could have had 10. Nearly 35 years removed from his NFL career, Todd is at last no longer the answer to a trivia question. “Coach Bryant would say, “Give me the first backs and the second line” or “Give me the second backs and the first line.”. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. "That's pretty cool to be named MVP, but the main thing is you're voted by your teammates and that shows some respect and that they thought you did a good job.". Todd was taken No. “I used to have season tickets and now I just go to one or two a year. Todd said he met Namath several times during his Alabama career when the NFL icon would return to Tuscaloosa for one reason or another. For guys like Tua (and LSU’s Joe) Burrow, it won’t be that big a change for them going into the pro football system.”. He wouldn’t have that role again until he went to the NFL. “In my senior year I played the whole game in three games – Tennessee, Auburn and the bowl game when we beat Penn State to end a losing bowl streak.
He finished his 10-year pro career with the New Orleans Saints. Todd played two years (1984-85) with the New Orleans Saints before a brief return to the Jets in a reserve role in 1986. 1 quarterback. “It took a long time; I can’t believe it took so long for that to happen,” Todd said via telephone from his home in Florence. And it was none other than Alabama legend Joe Namath, whom Todd had grown up admiring. Now 66, Todd has spent the last several years working for the Oppenheimer & Company brokerage and investment banking firm. “I never even thought about playing pro football,” Todd said. 3 national finish as a senior, capping the season with a 13-6 victory over Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. "We got our running game going. … His feel for the offensive game is incredible. You get (No. If not for that, I’d have probably been picked as an ‘athlete’ in the fourth or fifth round. Todd, like former Jets quarterback Joe Namath and Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, played for the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. “I love to follow recruiting and I love the draft, too, particularly when we have four guys picked in the first round. The Jets may have had a great defense, but it was Todd who was named as their Most Valuable Player that season. 5 overall by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, he bumped Todd from the record books as the most-recent former Alabama quarterback taken in the first round of the NFL draft. He goes ‘we’re about to take you. With a 6-3 record in the strike-shortened season, they went on the road and beat Cincinnati in the Wild Card game and the Los Angeles Raiders in the divisional round. “On defense, we always had a tenacious defense and they stayed out there more. … These guys today are so advanced.
Richard Todd was not exactly expecting the call, but he knew quickly what it was referencing. I did a couple trades today and didn't even talk to anybody. "In the last month, I've talked to Bruce Harper, I've talked to Marty Lyons, I've talked to Greg Buttle. That's when the Sack Exchange was going. "He was there for one year and then he (was waived by the Jets) and went to L.A. And it all speeds up, but they’ll get used to it.”. Daugter Darbi Lou and son Jimmy are also Alabama graduates. New York was back in the playoffs the following year. But I will say that in our business, that's gone down quite a bit though due to the internet, Bloomberg and everything else. "I don't know, you go back and forth and think about the game plan, it was just a muddy field. I’ve never seen a quarterback at that level that could control defenses with his eyes like he could. … The guy said ‘congratulations.’ I said ‘for what?’ He said, ‘you were drafted, sixth player picked.’ I go ‘I was?’ I had no idea.”. Eleven years after the Jets chose Alabama quarterback Joe Namath in the first round of the 1965 AFL Draft, they selected Alabama quarterback Richard Todd in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft. FREE Background Report. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. “So I got a call from (Jets head coach) Lou Holtz at probably 8:30 (a.m.) my time.
Gator Todd was an Alabama golfer and is now assistant golf coach at Vanderbilt. But more people go to Alabama to play for Saban thinking they’re going to play pro football nowadays. And he suspects Namath played a part in his being drafted by the Jets. We played three quarterback, sometimes four.
I had box seats up there and my son and daughter were there. © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. As a quarterback, your best friend is a great defense and we definitely had one back then.". Eleven years after the Jets chose Alabama quarterback Joe Namath in the first round of the 1965 AFL Draft, they selected Alabama quarterback Richard Todd in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft. When Tua Tagovailoa was selected No. "I had a little money and looked at the stock market and stuff that I was kind of interested in, and it kind of went from there. I just enjoyed it. 1 quarterback as a senior in 1975. Namath and Todd split time for much of 1976, with Todd playing mostly in short-yardage running situations early on. "He was my idol when I was growing up. "And we had a great defense. "Number one, people forget that we played Miami three times that year. Was it a tough transition for you to go to the dropback game after the wishbone? Just watching his leadership and the way he played, the way he looked at things.
Alabama was running the wishbone offense, but Crimson Tide Coach Paul Bryant convinced Todd that the wishbone could be a great passing offense. Jets' QB Aggravated Sore Right Shoulder in Loss at Chiefs, Kicker Has Made 4 Field Goals in the Past 2 Games, Â QB Sam Darnold, 5 Defenders Logged the Most Time on the Field in Loss to Kansas City, Green & White Also Send Seventh-Round Selection in 2022 to Pittsburgh Steelers, Linebacker Was Joe Namath's C at Alabama, Super Bowl Contributor, Long-Snapper & Kick Blocker, Head Coach Said His Game Plan for a Win at KC Was 'Easier to Say, Harder to Do', Another Quiet Second-Half Dooms the Jets at Kansas City, Green & White 'D' Holds Down the Running Game & Scrambling but Chiefs QB Still Launches 5 TD Passes, Defense Can't Stop KC QB Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce; Defending ChampsÂ. Our play-action worked better. We started playing good," Todd said. "You're very proud of it," he said. "I met Joe when I was a sophomore in college. “Alabama had a great tradition. I was hoping they'd let him be my tutor for two, three, four years. 1 player in the draft. You just never know.”. He was All-SEC and captain as a senior. He missed three starts that season because of a knee injury, and 11 games the following year due to a broken collarbone. "I wouldn't call it a stellar career. It was really cool hanging around Joe. “And I miss Mal Moore (his position coach at Bama), I’ll tell you that. Number two, I threw five interceptions.
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We caught up with Richard Todd at his farm, where he is keeping up with the NFL draft. Todd said he found out the Jets had picked him over the phone. “I’m not like my son, a good golfer. It was fun," Todd said.
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