Clay Helton thinks spring practice was the “most physical yet.”
He should have look at this picture from 1961.
USC players had the “privilege” of playing against pro players Marlin McKeever, Ron Mix and Leon Clarke, who once broke open the door of a sorority by head-butting it.
Mix is in the NFL Hall of Fame and considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history. Defensive back Lindon Crow played for the New York Giants in “The Greatest Game Ever Played” (1958 NFL championship game).
McKeever played 13 years in the NFL and was the Rams MVP in 1971. Monte Clark had an 11-year NFL career and might be best known to some as head coach of the Detroit Lions.
Jon Arnett and Jim Sears, two star USC running backs, served as the coaches. Arnett told me he wasn’t about to play and get injured.
Here’s the USC team that had to face the alumni: