Name: Tom Fears
Pro Career: 1948 – 1956
Team Affiliation(s): Los Angeles Rams
College: Santa Clara; UCLA
Induction Class: 1970
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Brief Bio: Originally a defensive back with ball-hawking skills, Rams coaches quickly switched Tom Fears to offensive end and the move paid in spades. Fears led the league in receptions each of his first three seasons and improved his statistics each year while setting new league records. In 1950, he broke his own record with 84 receptions on the season, caught a then-record 18 passes in a single game, and scored all three Rams touchdowns to beat the Chicago Bears for the Western Division crown. A year later, his memorable 73-yard sensation of a reception broke a 17-17 tie and won the NFL championship over the Cleveland Browns. Fears was never an especially swift runner but was an overly precise route-runner and, despite his last name, was utterly fearless when catching a pass in traffic. Fears was named to the All-NFL squad twice.
Career Stats: 87 games played; 400 receptions; 5,397 receiving yards; 38 receiving TDs; 1 FG; 12 PATs; 2 INTs; 1 INT TD
Featured Card: 1950 Bowman #51. By the time Tom Fears was featured on his own rookie card, he had already established himself as a dominate and premiere receiver in the NFL. Current eBay prices for this card generally fall just below $100, although there is a pretty clear grading preference. As always, there is a token high priced listing – a $1,750 PSA 9. Fears has also been featured in several other vintage sets, junk wax era HOF-focused sets, modern high-end insert sets, and even modern base sets as a Legends subject.
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