The 1963 College All-Star Game

All-Star Roster


Note: In one of the greatest upsets in Pro Football history, the College All-Stars defeated the Green Bay Packers in 1963 in the middle of the Packerís dynastic Lombardi era. It would be the last All-Star victory in the series.


CHICAGO, Aug. 3 (AP)- The College All-Stars, in an amazing 20-17 upset victory, have proven the mighty Green Bay Packers can he had.


Their demonstration before 65,000 fans in Soldier Field and a national television audience last night should throw the 1963 National Football League race into a more unpredictable tizzy than ever.


The Green Bay dynasty, built on two successive NFL championships, may be showing a crack. At least, the All-Stars, beating the pros for the first time since 1958 and only the ninth time in the 30-year history of the series, have made the Packers seem human after all.


And guiding the college senior football greats of last season- who now scatter to NFL and American League clubs as pro rookies- was quarterback Ron VanderKelen of Wisconsin, a player none of them wanted.


Vandy wasn't even drafted. But after his sensational showing in the Rose Bowl game, suddenly became popular. Winning the bid for his services were the Minnesota Vikings.


After the Packers had grabbed a 7-0 lead in the opening five minutes by recovering a Larry Ferguson fumble on the All-Star 11 and sending Jim Taylor across from the six, Vandy steered his team 57 yards. The drive- behind the running of Ferguson (Iowa-Detroit Lions), and the pass-catching of Paul Flatley (Northwestern-Vikings) and Bob Jencks (Miami, Ohio-Chicago Bears)- ended with Jencks booting a 20-yard field goal.


Before the first quarter closed, Tommy Janik (Texas A&I, Denver Broncos) had stolen a Bart Starr pass and returned it to the Packer 27. Vandy hit his Wisconsin teammate, Pat Richter (Washington Redskins) for 21 yards. Then, in the first four seconds of the second period, Ferguson barreled over from the five and Jencks added the first of his two extra points to put the All-Stars ahead 10-7.


Green Bayís Tom Moore and Taylor lit a 59-yard push capped by Jerry Kramer's 21-yard field goal that locked the halftime score at 10-10.


After a scoreless third quarter, as Glynn Griffing (Mississippi-New York Giants) spelled VanderKelen and got off some nifty passes, the All-Stars again took the lead, 13-10, on a 33-yard field goal by Jencks.


This came after Danny Brabham (Arkansas-Houston Oilers) had recovered a fumble which launched a 63-yard march directed by Griffing and featuring the running of Charlie Mitchell (Washington-Denver) and Bill Thornton (Nebraska-St. Louis Cardinals).


Later, when Jerry Kramer's 37-yard field goal was wide for Green Bay, the most sensational play of the game developed.


Vandy passed 20 yards to Richter near the sidelines and the 6-foot-5 All-America end romped 53 more to score (video). The 73-yard-play put the collegians on top to stay, 20-10.


With seconds left, the Packers climaxed a 63-yard aerial drive with Taylor bounding over from the one.


Choking off the Packers' Taylor and other ground gainers were such defensive standouts as Fred Miller (LSU - B a l t i m o r e Colts), Chuck Sieminiski (Penn State-San Francisco 49ers), Jim Dunaway (Mississippi-Buffalo Bills) and Don Brumm (Purdue-St. Louis).


They were backed up by aggressive linebackers Dave Robinson (Penn State-Packers), Lee Roy Jordan (Alabama-Dallas Cowboys), Brabham and Bobby Bell (Minnesota-Kansas City Chiefs).


Glynn Griffing of Ole Miss completes pass behind blocking of Ben Wilson (#49) USC.


All-Star line leads Charlie Mitchell of Washington on a sweep.


Bart Starr had to deal with an aggressive Star defense.


Tom Moore is upended by All Stars.

Jim Taylor (#31) on the Packers' Sweep.