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TigerintheNO
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Fred Cox passed away
You might not know who he was, but you do know what he did.


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At the time of his retirement from the NFL in 1977, Cox had scored 1,365 points — at the time he was the second-leading scorer in NFL history behind only George Blanda.

Cox is best known for his kicking exploits. He actually entered the league as a fullback, drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the eighth round (110th overall) to be a lead blocker for Jim Brown.

A back injury that Cox suffered led to Browns head coach Paul Brown asking Cox to switch to kicker. Although he couldn’t beat out the great Lou Groza, Cox had shown enough to pique the interest of the Vikings, who traded for him.



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Cox also brought the idea of a softer backyard football for kids to play with to Parker Brothers while he was still with the Vikings in 1969.

Eventually, the toy football became known as Nerf, and the rest is history. It would go on to become one of the most popular toys of all time and gain international recognition, with annual revenues still in the hundreds of millions to this day.


Inventor of Nerf Footballs


Mr. Hangover
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New Orleans
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30214 posts

re: Fred Cox passed away
That’s actually pretty cool


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footswitch
Alabama Fan
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Member since Apr 2015
771 posts

re: Fred Cox passed away
I remember him well.
Back when the NFL had role models and not a bunch of overpaid primadonnas.

RIP Fred.


duggieblue
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High C
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re: Fred Cox passed away
Fred Cox always looked like his head was far too large for the helmet he was wearing.

RIP


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: Fred Cox passed away
Wasn't afraid to make a tackle on KO returns, either.


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Y.A. Tittle
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re: Fred Cox passed away
Looked like an everyday suburban dad in an NFL uniform.


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BowlJackson
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Member since Sep 2013
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re: Fred Cox passed away
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Back when the NFL had role models and not a bunch of overpaid primadonnas.


Hell yeah, back when players were smoking, drinking, and doing lines of coke on the sidelines and talking up underage girls in the stands


THE GOOD OLE DAYS


WestCoastAg
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re: Fred Cox passed away
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Back when the NFL had role models and not a bunch of overpaid primadonnas.
lmao


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DemonKA3268
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re: Fred Cox passed away
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talking up underage girls in the stands


Well, at least they weren't beating them...

No way to prove it if they did.


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eddieray
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Lafayette
Member since Mar 2006
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re: Fred Cox passed away
I remember him well. I didn’t know he invented nerf footballs.


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Overbrook
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Member since May 2013
5435 posts

re: Fred Cox passed away
A legend
With Paul Krause, Mick Tingelhoff, Chuck Foreman, Frank Tarkenton the Purple People Eaters (Jim Marshall belongs in the Hall!) and the great Bud Grant.
.....the days
This post was edited on 11/22 at 3:35 pm


dukke v
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re: Fred Cox passed away
RIP.


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dukke v
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re: Fred Cox passed away
The 1975 Vikings could be considered as one of the best ever not to win a title.


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jimlsu1
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Ellicott City, Md
Member since Oct 2008
863 posts

re: Fred Cox passed away
This is why I enjoy coming to this board. Great post.


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footswitch
Alabama Fan
New Market
Member since Apr 2015
771 posts

re: Fred Cox passed away
You have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about. You are however an assclown. So you at least have that going for you.



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RedPop4
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re: Fred Cox passed away
I think he was also a doctor of chiropractic


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