Not Since 1968 …

December 25th, 2010

Seattle Times scribe Joshua Mayers has a piece today about the young Bucs and all sorts of glowing comments from Pete Carroll and multiple Seahawks.

And Mayers dropped a stat Joe had never seen before.

Apparently LeGarrette Blount and Mike Williams could become the first teammates to lead their rookies class in rushing and receiving since the free love days. 

Blount and Williams could be the first teammates since 1968 to lead the league in rookie rushing yards and rookie receiving yards.

“They’re not playing like rookies, none of them are,” said [safety Earl] Thomas, himself a first-year player.

“Me being young, I know how hard it is in the league with all the stuff they throw at you, but (their success) is a credit to the coaching over there and a credit to the players catching on.”

With a strong finish to the season, both Blount and Williams could hit 1,000 yards. The road is easier for Williams, who has played a full season and has 888 yards. Blount’s at 777 in just 11 games.

Now Joe was too curious and searched the Internet for the 1968 tandem that the Bucs rookies could match. Joe couldn’t figure it out. Anybody know?

Update: 2:40 p.m. – OK. Joe sees the Bucs officially mentioned this factoid a couple of days ago, but they were referring to Bob Trumpy and Paul Robinson of Cincinnati in the AFL, not the NFL. This is what drove Joe nuts — searching for an answer in NFL stats. 

4 Responses to “Not Since 1968 …”

  1. Greg Says:

    Bob Trumpy & Paul Robinson of the Bengals.

    Although technically they weren’t a part of the NFL at the time, being as the AFL-NFL merger hadn’t happened, so do they really count?

  2. MichiganBucsFan Says:

    You shouldn’t have had to look far Joe, the Bucs posted an article about it 3 days ago. Pretty cool tho, obviously they have to keep working to get better, but that’s a good sign for our future.

  3. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Here’s a link to that…

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  4. FloridaGirl Says:

    Now why isn’t this on or nfl network? Sapp gets press for bashing Tebow, but our two young rookes are doing great on a team Peter King didn’t think could win two games….hmm….guess the bobble heads don’t like to admit their mistakes. GO BUCS!