USC had 15 players selected in the 1953 NFL Draft.
The draft were for 30 rounds back then, which sounds unbelievable in today’s culture.
Here’s the first USC selected, tailback Al Carmichael, who was taken with the seventh pick by the Green Bay Packers. Others selected included running back Jim Sears, QB Rudy Bukich, guard Elmer Willhoite, tackle Charley Ane and defensive back/fullback Jim Psaltis.
Here’s Carmichael coming back to play in the USC spring game in 1961, another thing you would never see today. A USC alumni team featuring Lindon Crow, Leon Clark, Monte Clark, Sears, Marlin McKeever and Mike Henry beat the current Trojans, 31-6.
Wide receiver Hal Bedsole, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame, played for the actual USC team and was sent in for one play at quarterback. He ended up getting crunched between the helmets of McKeever and Henry.
“About two weeks later, I was hunched over like an old man,” Bedsole said. “I went to see a doctor and they did an X-ray. There were three holes in my stomach and they did surgery that night. It was a pretty good lick.
“There were quite a few injuries on both sides.”
After that game, USC coach John McKay decided there would be no more alumni contests.