Jack Christiansen - 1958 Topps

John LeRoy “Jack” Christiansen (December 20, 1928 - June 29, 1986) (DB/Head Coach) was such a dangerous player in the backfield on defense and as a kick/punt returner, that opposing teams had to adjust their strategy to keep the ball away from the talented Christiansen. Jack starred at Colorado State University for three seasons before turning pro in 1951. The Detroit Lions gambled and took the lesser known Christiansen in the sixth round of the 1951 NFL Draft. He made an immediate impact on the Lions special teams as he returned four punts for touchdowns in his rookie season. As a defender, he had two interceptions and one fumble recovery in his first season. Because of his ability to lead by example and play with intensity, the Lions defensive corps earned the nickname “Chris’s Crew.” Jack played eight seasons with Detroit (1951-1958) and was named to five consecutive NFL Pro Bowls (1953-1957) and was a six-time NFL All-Pro First Team selection (1952-1957). Jack Christiansen retired from playing in 1958 with 2,588 kick/punt return yards and 78 points on 13 touchdowns, eight of which were punt returns for TDs. He led the NFL four times in punt return touchdowns; twice in interceptions, and once in average yards per return, interception return yards and touchdowns. Christiansen joined the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff in 1959 and eventually took over head coaching duties in 1963 where he remained for five seasons (1963-1967). He helped turn the franchise around and compiled a record of 26-38-3 in 67 games with San Francisco. Jack Christiansen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (50)

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