Tony Adams (American football)

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Tony Adams
No. 11 & 7 Retired
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-03-09) March 9, 1950 (age 65)
Place of birth: 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
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[edit]

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. The head coach that worked with Adams for all 3 seasons was Chuck Mills.

NCAA Statistics[3][edit]

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

Professional career[edit]

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[edit]

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 a 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 2692 yards and 13 TDs and 18 interceptions.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

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[edit]

WFL Statistics[4][edit]

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

CFL Statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Passing[5] 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[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Adams College & Pro Football Statistics - Totalfootballstats.com". www.totalfootballstats.com. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  2. ^ "WFL World Football League Players-". www.nasljerseys.com. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Tony Adams College & Pro Football Statistics - Totalfootballstats.com". www.totalfootballstats.com. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  4. ^ "WFL World Football League Players-". www.nasljerseys.com. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Tony Adams NFL Football Statistics | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-04-27.