November is always one of the most exciting in NFL football. A month where the two teams most likely headed to the Super Bowl really begin to separate themselves, November culminates with the games on Thanksgiving Day—an American television traditional as much a part of the holiday as turkey and pumpkin pie. In looking forward to the great holiday matchups ahead, we put together this shortlist of classics owned by some of the biggest past and present names in football.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Scott Mervis described Terry Bradsaw the best in a report earlier this year: “One thing about Terry Bradshaw is, the guy just lets it fly, whether it’s that pass he threw for the Immaculate Reception or the opinions he slings as a Fox analyst…”
In 1979, Bradshaw’s “let it fly” persona was clearly on the minds of Sport magazine executives who awarded that year’s NFL Most Valuable Player and leading league passer a unique silver and charcoal colored, 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Trans Am.
The Dallas Cowboys have played a game on Thanksgiving Day every year since 1966. Only the Detroit Lions, which began taking the field on Turkey Day in 1934, have held onto the tradition longer. Hall of Famer, Tony Dorsett, may have played briefly for the Denver Broncos in 1988 before injuries forced his retirement. But he will always be remembered as a Cowboy—one of the franchise’s greatest running backs and a player who back in the day could even make a fur coat, man-purse and crutches look cool.
Talk about a feel-good car story. Last year, Mazda scored major PR points when they presented breakout Washington Redskin running back Alfred Morris a totally refurbished 1991 Mazda 626—the same car Morris bought for $2 from his pastor while struggling through college to make it in the NFL. Morris told reporters that the reason he kept the humble looking Mazda despite his sizable NFL salary was simple: the car “reminded him where he came from, and where he was going.”
Detroit Lions running back, Reggie Bush, reported has at least one Ferrari and Cadillac in his garage. But the car he’s been seen driving around in most recently is this 1971 Plymouth Barracuda.
After “Broadway Joe” Namath made good on his public guarantee that the Jets would beat the Colts in Super Bowl III, the NFL’s first celebrity player and league MVP was awarded the coveted Lombardi trophy and the keys to a shiny new, B5 blue 1969 Dodge Charger R/T. Namath kept and routinely drove the car over the next decade before selling it to an undisclosed buyer.
While the cars of most NFL players are all about the bling, the pink 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille belonging to Minnesota Viking’s defensive end is all about the…well, odd. But then, the mullet-sporting Allen has always been about sacking quarterbacks and never much on style.
Johnny Unitas had a reputation as a tough competitor who thrived under pressure. But even in his vintage Corvette given to him in the Sport magazine tradition of awarding MVP greatest, “coolness” was a trait that pretty much eluded Unitas off the field.