Did you know Mike Curtis is NOT in the PFHOF? One of the first to be named All Pro at two different positions -OLB & MLB. When I think of this, I remember what former Chief Chris Burford wrote me in a comment about the ‘old guard writers and the NFL p.r. machine working against his AFL brethren’.
Which was true… those same NFL writers buried the legacy of the Baltimore Colts and players after losing Super Bowl III. Curtis was caught in that crossfire.
Think I’m kidding? If we stepped out of a time machine in 1971 to talk football, the record for fewest points in a season had the Colts at #2 140 points ’71 and #3 144 points ’68. The ’68 Colts had tied the record of 144. The only Hall of Famer from that defense is OLB Ted Hendricks. Yet his induction stems more from his years out in Oakland.
To that avail you’d tout the ’69 Vikings had the #1 slot with 133 points allowed. Carl Eller, Alan Page, and Paul Krause have made it to Canton but keep in mind the Colts did win Super Bowl V.
The Colts still hold the fewest points in a season record for all Super Bowl champions. Curtis was their best defender and All Pro / Pro Bowl performer.
Hell even NFL Films thought he’d be a Hall of Famer and you can hear John Facenda (voice of God) say it in the video inside my original article.
Just as the late Nick Buoniconti is in the PFHOF representing “the No Name Defense”, Curtis should be for the original “Bullies of Baltimore”.
The ashes of Super Bowl III…