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10/2011 Historical Player Profile: Tom Tracy

October 3rd 2011 14:44
Ah, it's finally October and the sporting world is buzzing. The players and owners are still talking instead of balling over in the NBA, the MLB playoffs are here, the Canadians are worrying about the Canucks and Leafs, and the NFL season is as crazy and messed up as ever. To keep this constant amid all this turnover, I'd like to take a breather and briefly look at a former Steelers' career.

The Detroit Lions took Tom Tracy in the 5th round (50th overall), and that just goes to show how many teams there were in 1956. The running back did nothing in his first two seasons, and "The Bomb" signed on with the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the next 5 and 1/4 seasons, Tracy would play Pro Bowl football in the city of Pittsburgh.

In his first season with the Steelers, Tracy was a Pro Bowler (1958) for the first time in his career after rushing for 714 yards and accumulated 535 yards of receiving. His nine total touchdowns were good for one of the top ten marks in the league, and those 714 yards on the ground were the fourth best in the league at the time. An interesting thing to note is his fumbling problem, as he had ten of those in '58. I have calculated that his official PSW RB Efficiency Score would be 48.4 for that season, which means his rating was just a hair below average.

Tom Tracy was also successful in 1959, as he ran for a career-high 794 yards and had eight touchdowns (45.4 RB Efficiency). However, the sportswriters at the time said that his Pro Bowl season of 1960 was the best of his career. Most writers had him on their 2nd All-Pro team, but the Sporting News selected him to their 1st All-Pro team. That's high praise for a guy who only averaged 3.5 yards per carry, but Tracy did once again reach the nine touchdown mark (RB Eff. 41.4 which is terrible).

Tracy's career was made up of just three good seasons with the Steelers from 1958-1960, as he was terrible after the 1960 season. Tracy spent the last eight games of the 1963 season and the whole 1964 season with the Washington Redskins before retiring. His career RB Efficiency was a poor 40.5 mark. The most noteworthy thing about his career, however, is that he has the most passing yards (854) of any non-quarterback in NFL history. And yes, I calculated all the RB Efficiency stat totals from scratch, just now. I'll tell you this, that career formula was a really long one.
Tom Tracy
2x Pro Bowl HB

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Comment by TimmyH6

October 3rd 2011 17:32
Do you know why he was called 'The Bomb'?

Comment by Joe Soriano

October 3rd 2011 18:43
I believe that it is time for me to take the walk of shame, as I embarrassingly don't know why he was called "The Bomb". I would really appreciate it if you told me why so I can be that much smarter. Thanks for the comment, and I really do appreciate the fact that you took some of your precious time to comment on my humble blog. I'll definitely check out yours daily when I can, and thanks again.

Comment by TimmyH6

October 4th 2011 18:19
I thought it was because of the way he was built. But Steve Sabol of NFL Films says it was because he was proficient at throwing the halfback option pass. Thus Tom 'The Bomb' Tracy. Hey man I learn a lot from reading other people's work, yours included. Don't be ashamed. It's only football trivia. Now if you forget your wife or girlfriend's birthday that's a different story.

Comment by Joe Soriano

October 4th 2011 19:17
Yeah, I mean I'm a young guy who was born in the 90's so I guess there's no shame in not knowing why he was called "The Bomb". I also thought it had something to do with the fact that he was an HB who could actually throw (better than T-Jax haha) but thanks for enlightening me. You know so much about sports that it ain't even funny, and I thought I was good.

Dude, you also just reminded me of that one SVP joke about being the "that guy" of sports fans. Like, one day your so caught up in the NFL season that you confuse your kids with a bunch of teens on weed and forget that you have a wife. Thanks for dropping by man, and I always appreciate it when people take the time to drop in and leave a comment even if somebody ever wrote "Joe, you freaking suck". To tell you the truth, I learn a crazy lot of stuff from reading just one paragraph from your historical posts. Dang (Hud's voice) what you know about sports is insane. Just keep on doing what you do man, and I am honored to also work with you at CttP.

Comment by TimmyH6

October 5th 2011 02:56
Thanks Joe. I'm in my 40's so should know a little something, but don't like to be that no it all guy. I throw it out there and if people want to read about it so be it. But there is no way to learn unless you read and listen. I get my knowledge from reading. I try to learn something from everything I do. My advice to you is to treat people the way that you want to be treated, stick with it, get up when you get knocked down and don't look back because you can't change the past. Good luck to you my friend and it is a pleasure working with you on cttp as well. When things settle down I'll get more into it.

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