ERNIE LADD - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: EARL FAISON - HFSID 275174
Sale Price $72.00
ERNIE LADD and EARL FAISON
Stars of the San Diego Chargers' "Fearsome Foursome."
Signatures: "Ernie Ladd #77", "Best Wishes/Earl Faison #86", signed on back of a folded third of a 13½x3½ fragment of an election pamphlet. Ink caption (unknown hand) in upper right corner. Printed text on verso is promoting a New York State vote for Lyndon Johnson in 1964. ERNIE LADD (1938-2007) was a star defensive tackle in the American Football League before it merged with the NFL. He took the field in 112 consecutive games, most with the San Diego Chargers (1961-1965). He played in three AFL championship games, and in Super Bowl I for the Kansas City Chiefs. The largest player of his era (6'9", 315 lbs.), he was still quick enough to earn the nickname "Big Cat". In 1968, Ladd quit football in his prime (age 28) because he could make more money wrestling. In scripted wrestling matches, he played the "bad guy" by choice, because, "I was too big to get sympathy by getting beat on." In his wrestling days, Ladd arrived at the ring in his "Promises, Promises" vest, inspired by the 1968 Dionne Warwick song. When his opponents boasted that they would take him down, Ladd would bellow, "Promises, empty promises" to announcer. Lass is a Hall of Famer in both sports! EARL FAISON was the American Football League Rookie of the Year in 1961.A 5-time All-Prodefensive lineman Faison was a key component of the lethal defensive line (Faison, Ladd, Ron Ney and Bill Hudson) which led the Chargers to the AFL Championship in 1963. After landing some TV guest appearances as an actor, Faison became a high school football coach - his players included future Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen - and principal. Pinholes at top and bottom edges. Slightly soiled. Print shows through faintly. Otherwise, fine condition.
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