Imagine if after a player got drafted, he could call up the phone and call another team and ask that team to negotiate a contract with him. Obviously, this would never happen today, since this is blatant tampering and violates every rule in the book. But after the 1969 NFL Draft, Florida State WR Ron Sellers, who was drafted by the Patriots, tried to do this and failed spectacularly. This is the story of the crazy hijinks that occurred for the 1969 Patriots
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Ron Sellers is a former American football player. He played college football for Florida State University, where he was a two-time All-American (1967, 1968). Despite being limited to a total of 30 games of regular season eligibility, Sellers still holds Florida State career record for most 200-yard receiving games. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. A wide receiver, he played for the American Football League's Boston Patriots in 1969, when he was an AFL All-Star, then for the National Football League's Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins
Sellers attended Paxon High School where he excelled in football and basketball. He helped his team win the 1965 state basketball championship.
He went on to star at Florida State University as a split end and flanker in Bill Peterson's pro-style offense. In 1967 and 1968 he received All-American honors. He recorded 212 passes for 3,598 yards (an NCAA record at the time) and 23 touchdowns. He wore the number 34 which was retired by the school, until he gave linebacker Ernie Sims permission to use it while playing for the Seminoles.
Sellers still holds 17 receiving and scoring records at Florida State University- including single-season receptions (86), single-season receiving (1,496), single-game receptions (16), single-game receiving yards (270) single-game receiving touchdowns (5). In 2007, he was named to The State of Florida’s “100 Greatest High School Football Players in Florida History”.
In 1973, he was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. In 1977 he was inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame. In 1988, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sellers was selected by the Boston Patriots in the first round (6th overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft. He earned AFL All-Star honors as a rookie after making 27 receptions for 705 yards, with 6 touchdowns and 26.1 average yards per reception.
In 1971, the team changed its name to the New England Patriots after relocating to Foxborough. During that season he missed four games due to injuries and lost his starting position. On July 13, 1972, he was traded to the Super Bowl champions the Dallas Cowboys, in exchange for a third round draft choice (#73-Charles Davis)
In 1972 he was a backup until the seventh game, when he was promoted to replace Bob Hayes in the starting lineup, in order to take advantage of his big play ability. Even though he finished the season as the Cowboys top receiver, registering 31 receptions for 653 yards, five touchdowns and a 21.1 yards average per reception, the team looked to upgrade its receiving corps, by trading him along with a second round draft choice to the Super Bowl champions the Miami Dolphins, in exchange for Otto Stowe
In 1973, he had a disappointing season with the Dolphins after playing in three games and catching only two passes. He was released on September 10, 1974
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