Tony Adams (gridiron football)

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Tony Adams
No. 11 & 7
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1950-03-09) March 9, 1950 (age 67)
San Antonio, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: Utah State
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 14 / Pick: 343
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • All-WFL (1974)
  • WFL Tri-MVP - 1974
Career NFL statistics as of 1987
Pass attempts: 408
Pass completions: 212
Percentage: 52.0
TD-INT: 12-27
Passing yards: 2,733
QB Rating: 55.5
Player stats at NFL.com

Anthony Lee Adams (born March 9, 1950) is a former gridiron football player in the World Football League (WFL), the National Football League (NFL), and the Canadian Football League (CFL).

College career

Adams played college football for Utah State from 1970 through 1972 prior to becoming a professional athlete. During his time with the Utah State Aggies, Adams was the starting quarterback. The Aggies' 3-year record during Adams' tenure totaled up to 21 wins, 11 losses, and 1 tie. He didn't miss any games, playing in all 33 contests while he attended Utah State. On November 11, 1972, Adams set an NCAA record with 561 net passing yards and five touchdowns in an 44-16 Aggie win over the University of Utah Utes. The teams combined for an NCAA record 950 passing yards, and Adams 561 net passing yard stood for many years as an NCAA Division 1 record. The head coach that worked with Adams for all 3 seasons was Chuck Mills. His number 11 jersey was retired by Utah State in 1972.

NCAA statistics

Year Team GP Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg
1970 Utah State 11 108 232 46.6 1,394 6 16 14 107.7
1971 Utah State 11 144 284 50.7 2,035 7.2 14 11 119.4
1972 Utah State 11 204 351 58.1 2,797 8 22 9 140.6
Total 33 456 867 52.6 6,226 7.2 52 34 124.9

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Professional career

Adams was selected in the 1973 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers in the 14th round with the 343rd pick, but he never actually played for the team that drafted him.

Southern California Sun

His first actual professional season began with the Southern California Sun in the WFL in 1974, where he statistically had his best pro season, completing 276 of 510 passes for 3905 yards and 23 TDs and 18 interceptions. He was an All-WFL selection that season. He was also named one of the WFL's Tri-MVP's during the 1974 season. He shared this award with Tommy Reamon of the Florida Blazers and J.J. Jennings of the Memphis Southmen. Adams led the Sun to a 13-7 record and the team won the 1974 WFL Western Division. They faced the Hawaiians in the opening round of the '74 WFL playoffs and fell by a score of 32-14.

Kansas City Chiefs

Adams began his career in the NFL in 1975 with the Kansas City Chiefs. During his 4-year stint with the Chiefs, he appeared in 50 games, 7 of them as the starting quarterback. He was never able to reach the success that he had in the WFL, winning only 1 of the 7 games that he started. He completed 163 of 319 passing attempts for 2,126 yards, 9 TDs, and 22 interceptions. Adams would no longer be a member of the Chiefs after the 1978 season.

Toronto Argonauts

Adams then went on to play 20 games over two seasons (1979–1980) for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, his best year being 1979, when he hit 241 of 394 passes for 2,692 yards and 13 TDs and 18 interceptions.

Minnesota Vikings

He finished his career as a strike replacement player with the Minnesota Vikings in 1987. By this time, Adams was already 37 years old, and this stint with the Vikings didn't do much to revive his career. This was the first playing time he saw since playing in his last season in the CFL in 1980. He started in all 3 games that he played in for the Vikings, losing all 3 of those games. He completed 49 of his 89 pass attempts for 607 yards while posting 3 Tds and 5 interceptions.

Professional statistics

WFL statistics

Year Team GP Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int
1974 SCS 20 276 510 54 3,905 7.7 23 18
Total 20 276 510 54 3,905 7.7 23 18

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CFL statistics

Year Team GP Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg
1979 TOR 16 241 394 61.2 2,692 6.8 13 18 73.5
1980 TOR 4 39 72 54.2 539 7.5 0 6 43.7
Total 20 280 466 60.1 3,231 6.9 13 24 68.9

NFL statistics

Passing[3] Rushing Sacked Fumbles Team Record
Year Team GP GS Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack Yds Fum Lost W/L (as starter)
1975 KC 6 2 36 77 46.8 445 5.8 2 4 52.1 8 42 5.3 0 11 85 4 4 0-2
1976 KC 14 0 36 71 50.7 575 8.1 3 4 68.7 5 46 9.2 0 9 79 1 0 0-0
1977 KC 14 3 47 92 51.1 691 7.5 2 11 43.6 5 21 4.2 0 18 136 1 1 1-2
1978 KC 16 2 44 79 55.7 415 5.3 2 3 63 9 15 1.7 0 3 27 0 0 0-2
1987 MIN 3 3 49 89 55.1 607 6.8 3 5 64.2 11 31 2.8 0 18 120 3 3 0-3
Total 53 10 212 408 52 2,733 6.7 12 27 55.5 38 155 4.1 0 59 447 9 8 1-9

References

  1. ^ "Tony Adams College & Pro Football Statistics - Totalfootballstats.com". www.totalfootballstats.com. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "WFL World Football League Players-". www.nasljerseys.com. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tony Adams NFL Football Statistics | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
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