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Born July 18, 1942 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Patriot QB, 1973-1974; uniform # 11
Claimed for Atlanta’s renunciation on October 18, 1973

Richard Earl ‘Dick’ Shiner was a legend during a game at the University of Maryland. The quarterback upset the Terrapins against Joe Paterno and Penn State, in what would be Maryland’s one and only victory over the Nittany Lions in a one-sided series between the two schools that ran from 1960 to 1993.

As a professional football player, Shiner was primarily a career replacement, on the bench behind Sonny Jurgensen, Frank Ryan, Fran Tarkenton and Jim Plunkett. His only time as a starter included Chuck Noll’s first season in 1969 as head coach of the Steelers. Pittsburgh went 1-13 that year, with Shiner 3-16-1 over two seasons as the starting QB – though to be fair, that record was mostly down to a porous defense.

In 1973, the NFL implemented the Passer Rating statistic, which is still used today. Shiner had the honor of being the first quarterback to register a perfect passer rating when he went 13 for 15 with three touchdowns in the first week of this season for Atlanta, against the Saints. Ironically, he also became the first player to have an imperfect passer rating of 0.0 the following week, going 2-9 for 17 yards, without a touchdown and an interception.

Also noteworthy is Dick Shiner’s last game in the NFL. Jim Plunkett threw three touchdowns and the Pats beat the Baltimore Colts 35-3 as the game was only in the third quarter. Shiner took over and led the Patriots on an 80-yard run. He then surprised everyone by taking himself offside. Shiner later explained:

“I wanted [third-string QB] Neil Graff to gain experience. Neil was a good boy and I knew my time in the NFL was coming to an end. “In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

In his post-football career, Shiner worked for a beer distributor, then retired after spending twenty years in the copier industry. He then spent time as an assistant high school football coach.

But in 1959 came a certain Lee Corso, assistant coach of Tom Nugent in Maryland and a man at the end of a career that would lead to college head coaching positions and his current job as a college football analyst at national television.

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“Coach Corso came to Pennsylvania to see a good running back on a team we were playing with,” said Shiner. “I come from a town (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) that in the late 1950s had maybe 12,000 people, and 10,000 of them showed up for the high school football game on Friday night.

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“And Coach Corso was in the crowd and when he came in maybe he didn’t know who I was. But I threw four touchdowns that night.

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“He came to my school a few days later to talk to me. The coaches weren’t doing that as much as they do today, and it impressed me. That’s how I ended up in Maryland.”

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Against Air Force, a national power in 1963, Shiner led a comeback that rocked College Park. Trailing 14-0 at halftime, Maryland won the game on a 36-yard pass from Shiner to Darryl Hill when time ran out.

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The crowd of 31,000 went mad.

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“You see we were 0-4 and the Air Force had just beaten Nebraska,” which would win the Orange Bowl that year, said Shiner. “So when I hit Darryl with a ball over a deep cross, and he hit the end zone, the whole place blew up. They had to take all the fans out of the field so we could shoot. the extra point. “

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To celebrate, he said, “we all went to Howard Johnson’s on Route 1 where they served hot dogs on toast buns. They were awesome.”

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He played the role of quarterback at a time when many head coaches still subscribed to the old theory that two of the three things that can happen to a forward pass are bad. “We would throw the ball 20, 22 times a game, sometimes a few more times,” Shiner said. “You were looking in the newspaper on Sunday morning and reading that another ACC team was 4-7. We were conservative about today’s attacks, but we have been throwing the ball a lot so far. “

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Like all those people who show up at Steve Smear’s office, Shiner still cherishes the victory over Penn State on his first start to college. But memories of a handful of other games remain precious for the man who went on to spend 11 seasons in the National Football League. Among them, a victory over one of the legendary teams of Syracuse.

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“They were a great Syracuse team,” said Shiner. “The great Ernie Davis was on that team along with a lot of other great players, players like John Mackey, Art Baker in the back, Roger Brown.

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“In the first two games, against a very good team SMU and Clemson, I had raced with the second team and Coach Nugent was setting us up for a quarter or two. Then the Syracuse game came up and they were one of the national powers and were ranked in the Top 10 (seventh).

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“Coach Nugent called those of us in the second team the ‘Go’ team and against Syracuse he sent the ‘Go’ team in the third quarter. I ran for 29 yards, which is a Terribly long road for me, and we scored a touchdown and beat this great Syracuse team (22-21). “


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