What If? Eagles star Timmy Brown's 1963 season



Welcome to another entry of the What If? Fantasy Football edition. This is where I look back at a season long before fantasy football became prominent among us in our society as I figure how the fantasy numbers would look if the fantasy game existed then. Today, we look back at the 1963 season of former Philadelphia Eagles player Timmy Brown. I'm using the default scoring systems for Sporting News and Yahoo! to calculate the point totals.

Here's the point scale for SN(default configuration):
60 points for every touchdown
2 points for every rushing, receiving, and punt return yard gained
1 point for every kickoff return yard gained
2 points for every reception
1 point for every passing yard
-10 points for every kickoff return attempt
-45 points for lost fumble and interception
-2 points for incomplete pass

Here's the point scale for Yahoo!(default configuration):
6 points for every rushing, receiving, and return touchdown
4 points for passing touchdown
1 point for every 10 rushing and receiving yards
1 point for every 25 passing yards
2 points for every two-point conversion
-1 point for every interception
-2 points for every fumble
No points are given for receptions or return yardage in the default configuration.

Here are the stats for Timmy Brown in 1963 and fantasy points for the SN games:
Passing yards: 11 = 11 points
Passing touchdowns: 1 = 60 points
Incomplete passes: 2 = -4 points
Interceptions: 1 = -45
Rushing yards: 841 = 1,682 points
Rushing touchdowns: 6 = 360 points
Receptions: 36 = 72 points
Receiving yards: 487 = 974 points
Receiving touchdowns: 4 = 240 points
Fumbles Lost: 6 = -270 points
Kickoff return attempts: 33 = -330 points
Kickoff return yards: 945 = 945 points
Kickoff return touchdowns: 1 = 60 points
Punt return yards: 152 = 304 points
Total points: 4,059 points
Total points per game: 289.93
Note: Teams played only 14 games in 1963.

Here are the stats for Timmy Brown in 1963 and fantasy points for the Yahoo! game:
Passing yards: 11 = 0 points
Passing touchdowns: 1 = 4 points
Interceptions: 1 = -1 points
Rushing yards: 841 = 84 points
Rushing touchdowns: 6 = 36 points
Receiving yards: 487 = 48 points
Receiving touchdowns: 4 = 24 points
Return touchdowns: 1 = 6 points
Fumbles Lost: 6 = -12
Total points: 189 points
Total points per game: 13.50
Note: Teams played only 14 games in 1963.

Statistical source: pro-football reference

Some of you maybe asking, "Why Timmy Brown?" Brown set the record with 2,425 all-purpose yards which is still in the top 10 all-time in a single-season. Brown beat his own mark of 2,306 all-purpose yards the year before. In a rather dismal season for the Eagles, Brown was one of the bright spots. In the Eagles only two wins on the season, Brown played a big role in the outcome of both games. He scored the team's first two touchdowns on a 80-yard pass and 3-yard run as the Eagles got out to a 14-0 score against the Dallas Cowboys in which they never gave up the lead. In the following game at Washington, Brown scored on a 3-yard run to cut the deficit to 17-16 in the 3rd quarter. On the Eagles next possession, Brown caught a 36-yard pass to give the Eagles a 23-17 lead as they stayed ahead for good. In the second game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals, he had a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown that temporarily gave Philadelphia the lead in the 3rd quarter before losing the game 28-24. He scored on a 7-yard run earlier in that contest, too. The three-time Pro Bowl player ended up with an impressive 64 total touchdowns to go along with 12,681 all-purpose yards in his 10-year career. Not bad for a guy that was a 27th Round selection by the Packers in the 1959 NFL Draft! As you can see, he would have been an excellent addition to any roster for the SN game, but not so much for Yahoo! It goes to show you that even back in the 1960s, all-purpose guys like Timmy Brown would have had value in fantasy football, too.

If anyone wants to suggest a past player, then you can do so in the comments section. The only thing I ask is that the player and year be before 1990 because fantasy football wasn't as prominent then.

Past What If? posts:
Walter Payton's 1977 season
Gale Sayers' 1965 season
Eric Dickerson's 1983 season
Jim Brown's 1963 season
Dan Marino's 1984 season
Jerry Rice's 1987 season
O.J. Simpson's 1975 season
Johnny Unitas' 1959 season
Sid Luckman's 1943 season
Sammy Baugh's 1947 season
Beattie Feathers' 1934 season
Charley Hennigan's 1961 season

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5 comments:

CK0712 said...

WOW! that's going back to my dad's fave era of football, NICE one david!
how passionate the players were back then & getting paid next to nothing. they did it for the hard knocks & the old skool kick of playing ball!

David Funk said...

Cindy- This was before my time as well, but I found it fitting to post about someone who had set a standard record before alot of us were around. I thought you would like that as an Eagles fan.

1963 was the last year George Halas won the NFL Title as Bears coach when they took down Y.A. Tittle and the Giants in the Championship game. It was Jim Brown's most productive season, too. I just like reading about old school football both college and pro.

Thanks as always Cindy!

CK0712 said...

NICE, me 2 !!

Lester's Legends said...

Nice one. I missed this series. Glad you continued with it. I hadn't heard of Timmy Brown. Nice history lesson.

David Funk said...

Cindy- Thanks.

Lester- Yeah, I'll post these on occasion when I can. I hadn't heard of Timmy Brown at all either until awhile back when I saw the all-purpose leaders list for single season and all-time. Then I looked at his 1963 season, and was amazed at how good it really was for him. Glad you enjoyed.