The 26-minute B & W 1961 NFL highlight film was produced by Tel Ra in the years before NFL Films, Inc. was formed. Narrated by sportscaster Jim Leaming and presented by Miller High Life ("The Champagne of Bottled Beer"), this rare film shows the most outstanding plays of each team's season in order beginning with the worst team to the World Champion Packers. Several of the outstanding stars of the year are shown in great closeup poses before games in those old ballparks such as Forbes Field, Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium, Franklin Field, etc. Players shown in closeups are printed in italics below. Each team is shown in order as listed, with team record and the named players shown in action.
|| W - L - T
||Norm Snead , Fred Dugan, Dale Hackbart, Bill Anderson, Dick James and Tom Osborne.
||Vikings play their first game ever, and beat Bears 37-13! Jerry Reichow, George Shaw, Fran Tarkenton, A.D. Williams, Hugh McElhenny and Dave Middleton.
||After going winless their first season, the Cowboys beat Pittsburgh in the 1961 season opener for their first victory in history! Don Meredith, Eddie LeBaron, Don Perkins , Billy Howton, Don Bishop, Amos Marsh, Jim Doran and Frank Clarke.
||Quarterbacks Frank Ryan and Zeke Bratkowski, Duane Allen, Ollie Matson , Jim Phillips and Norm Bass.
||Buddy Dial , quarterbacks Bobby Layne and Rudy Bukich, John Henry Johnson, Johnny Sample and Bob Schnelker.
||All three quarterbacks John Brodie , Billy Kilmer and Bob Waters, Abe Woodson, R.C. Owens, Clyde Connor and C.R. Roberts.
||Unbelievable lateral play! Sam Etcheverry, Bobby Joe Conrad , Prentice Gautt, Jerry Norton, Ralph Guglielmi, Frank Mestnik, Ken Gray and John David Crow.
||Ed Brown, Willie Galimore, Mike Ditka , Billy Wade, Johnny Morris, Angie Coia and Bo Farrington.
||Milt Plum, Leon Clarke, Bobby Mitchell, Jimmy Brown , and Ray Renfroe.
||Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore , Ray Berry, Bob Boyd and Jimmy Orr.
||Tim Brown, Pete Retzlaff, Sonny Jurgensen , Tommy McDonald and Ted Dean.
||Earl Morrall, Nick Pietrosante, Pat Studstill, Jim Ninowski , and Gail Cogdill.
||Erich Barnes' 103-yd pass interception vs Cowboys sets new NFL record! Also Alex Webster, Kyle Rote, Y.A. Tittle , Charlie Conerly, Del Shofner, and Joel Wells.
||Paul Hornung leads NFL in scoring for third straight season! Also Willie Wood, Jim Taylor , Jesse Whittenton, Max McGee and Bart Starr.
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