COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NECTAR OF THE GODS!!! [1964] [For Wayne Wanamaker]

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  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NECTAR OF THE GODS!!! [1964] [For Wayne Wanamaker]

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[United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; September, 1964]

I always wanted to play football for Navy, Dad's alma mater, so when I was invited by Navy to attend a football game and spend a weekend at Annapolis, I accepted!

Navy had played in the 1963 National Championship game (against the Texas Longhorns) and, although Navy lost, things were looking up for the “boys from down the crabtown on the bay.”

And, why not? The 1963 Heisman Trophy winner, Roger Staubach (#12), was back for his senior year, and things were looking good. It was a privilege to be recruited by Navy!

I did not know that I would be meeting the team. And little did I know that Roger Staubach would one day guide the NFL Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl victories in a career that would lead to his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Be sure to check out Navy’s mascot, “Bill,” to the right of the large group shot. He was a very gnarly goat (as the song goes).

And as for college football? It starts THIS WEEKEND!!! The long wait is, at last, over . . .


As always, thanks for stopping by my page.

33 responses

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    All excellant shots..... always love the flash to way back! (Not that its THAT far back, or anything)

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    ohhh It's my year! wow! GREAT COMP for this GREAT YEAR!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    Is that you on the right in the pic on the top left?? Great shots, and I'm sure they hold some incredible memories!! The photos look even more incredible in lightbox----especially the really IS a goat!!!! (I thought you were kidding!!) I remember watching Roger when he played for the Cowboys. I'm not a huge college football fan---unless BSU is playing!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    Richard Gorgeous!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (28 Aug 2012):

    Yes, I am in the photo at upper left (the taller of the two; my friend next to me played for the U. of Hawaii and San Diego State). Thanks for asking!

  • brenda burk

    brenda burk gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    Awesome combo P{icked you out right away

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    I really LOVE this collage, Richard!! Wonderful, nostalgic photos of a kinder time in our history. I love your narrative, and "Anchor's Aweigh", which my Dad sang a lot around the house, as he was a WWII Navy vet who served in the South Pacific aboard the Destroyer, the USS Beale, DD471. So much to remember and love about this great photo!! And YES, football is starting up again this weekend......GO BUCKS!!!! :))

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    GO ARMY!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    Wonderful memories for you Richard and a great collection!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    Dick, we both love your shots. Even though we were there much later (1982 - 85) it brings back great memories. We also really enjoyed " Anchors Aweigh." I can remember my dad singing that years ago. Wayne says thanks for the dedication!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (28 Aug 2012):

    Thanks for the great comments, everyone. LOL @ John's comment. His dad went to West Point!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    these are fantastic, Richard. I'd know you anywhere!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    I knew it’s you from the smile! Great collage!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (28 Aug 2012):

    I would not miss that guy with a cool haircut! Go Navy!!!! ( sorry, John)

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (28 Aug 2012):

    Very glamorous uniforms, Rich! 1964...Mmmmm I was still in High School. Love those knees! As Susan would call them....Bees' Knees! you've got a real 'Happy Days' smile. :)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (29 Aug 2012):

    Lots of good memories preserved during that time span with great pictures in your collage.

  • matt hutson

    matt hutson gave props (29 Aug 2012):

    Nice picture. Roger Staubach grew up right down the road from me in Silverton Ohio

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (29 Aug 2012):

    Lovin the history. Keep it up.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (30 Aug 2012):

    Oh those good old days, what a great collage of memories, what stands out is the uniforms how different they are today. Fabulous !

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (30 Aug 2012):

    Immediately spotted you. Love your smile. Great collage. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (30 Aug 2012):

    Ahh...the Glory Days...great memories and wonderful collage!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (30 Aug 2012):

    A great collage and info, Dick : )

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon said (31 Aug 2012):

    Even I am familiar with Roger Staubach, Richard.. I remember watching US football on Saturday or Sunday afternoons as a girl, so envious that they could play football in the middle of our winter. Bill, the mascot, sounds like a real charmer, too, lol. I have always thought football was a great game and continue to enjoy the CFL and occasional US games, too. A terrific collage and narrative!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (31 Aug 2012):

    Thank you, all, for such nice comments. You are great friends.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (2 Sep 2012):

    You are the king of collage!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (3 Sep 2012):

    super shot ........great collage B-Bubby...

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (4 Sep 2012):

    Great collage indeed, Richard!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (6 Sep 2012):

    GO NAVY! What a grand collage, and you are easily recognizable in that shot. While not quite old enough to have been in WWII, the sights in that film brought back a bunch of memories - some things in the Navy never change. Excellent rendition of the song, sounds familiar. ;-) '64, half-way through my second enlistment, on a ship in Japan and kid nr 3 arrived February in San Diego, CA. Thanks for bringing back some memories.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (9 Sep 2012):

    Such great memories and captures!! Thank you for sharing.

  • vince scaglione

    vince scaglione gave props (14 Sep 2012):

    Nicely done!

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Go, Navy! You are the king of memories, Dick!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Fabulous shots... well done!!!

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