Tony Adams
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Adams in 2017
No. 11, 7
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1950-03-09) March 9, 1950 (age 72)
San Antonio, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Ramona (Ramona, California)
College:Utah State
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 14 / Pick: 343
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • All-WFL (1974)
  • WFL Tri-MVP - 1974
Career NFL statistics
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 · PFR

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

College career

Adams played college football at Utah State in Logan from 1970 through 1972.[1][2] With the Aggies, he was the starting quarterback for three years, and the team had a record of 21 wins, 11 losses, and 1 tie. He didn't miss any games, playing in all 33 contests.

As a senior in 1972, Adams set an NCAA record on November 11 with 561 net passing yards and five touchdowns in a 44–16 Aggie win over the Utah Utes.[3][4] The teams combined for an NCAA record 950 passing yards, and Adams' 561 yards stood for five years, until broken by BYU's Marc Wilson in 1977, also against Utah.[5] The head coach that worked with Adams for all 3 seasons was Chuck Mills; Adams' number 11 jersey was retired by Utah State in 1972.

Adams' final game for Utah State was at home against Weber State on Thanksgiving. Seldom-injured, he left the game early in the first quarter with a lower leg injury,[6] hobbled around the sidelines, and changed into his street clothes at halftime. When the Aggies fell behind early in the fourth quarter, Adams got back in uniform and re-entered the game.[7]

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
Source:[8]

Professional career

Adams was selected in the 1973 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers in the 14th round (343rd overall), 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 World Football League (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 four years 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 played 20 games over two seasons (19791980) for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. His best year was 1979, when he completed 241 of 394 passes for 2,692 yards, with 13 touchdowns 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 three 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
Source:[9]

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[10] 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. ^ Ferguson, George (September 18, 1970). "Ags seek win at home". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. B7.
  2. ^ Ferguson, George (September 21, 1970). "Aggies finally explode!". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. B6.
  3. ^ "Adams sparkles". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 12, 1972. p. 6C.
  4. ^ Ferguson, George (November 13, 1972). "Adams' hot hand buries Utah". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. 8B.
  5. ^ "BYU's Wilson sets pass record". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire service reports. November 6, 1977. p. 10C.
  6. ^ "Reserve quarterback paces Utah State past Wildcats". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. November 24, 1972. p. 19.
  7. ^ Blodgett, Gary R. (November 24, 1972). "Aggies rally to barely nip Weber". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D1.
  8. ^ "Tony Adams College & Pro Football Statistics - Totalfootballstats.com". www.totalfootballstats.com. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "WFL World Football League Players-". www.nasljerseys.com. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Tony Adams NFL Football Statistics | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2015.