Chosen by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1968 AFL-NFL combined draft, University of Massachusetts quarterback Greg Landry had a long career in pro football, but by 1983 he was considered "over the hill."  After 11 years with the Detroit Lions and another three with the Baltimore Colts, a back injury sidelined him in 1981 and he was subsequently released by the Colts in July 1982.

But the quarterback seen as "over the hill" was a perfect fit for a coach with a reputation for having lead the famed "Over the Hill Gang" Washington Redskins to Super Bowl VII a decade earlier, and that coach - George Allen - had a place for the 37-year old Landry as the starting signal caller for his Chicago Blitz.

The old man with a bad back would join with Bobby Scott in Chicago to form a potent passing duo that earned the Blitz 12 wins in the team's maiden season.  Landry would go 188 for 334 for 2,383 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season, against only 6 interceptions.  Moving on to Arizona with most of his Blitz teammates for 1984, Landry would shepherd the offense with Alan Risher as his back-up, throwing a career-high 3,534 yards and 26 touchdowns.  Aided by a potent ground game that featured 1,000-yard RB's Tim Spencer and Kevin Long, the "new" Wranglers won the 1984 Western Conference title and appeared in the USFL Championship Game.

The 1984 USFL Championship Game would be Landry's last hurrah, retiring at the season's conclusion.  In 1985 Landry joined the NFL's Cleveland Browns coaching staff as a quarterbacks coach, and he has since coached at his alma mater, at the University of Illinois and with the Chicago Bears.

GREG LANDRY

Chicago Blitz,
Arizona Wranglers

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