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1962 Colts roster
1962 Colts roster  
My brother and I grew up in Baltimore in the late 50's /early 60's, and we were wild about the Colts. In a recent meandering conversation, the name of Constantine Theokis came up, and we both think he was a football player of the time. With spelling being a potential complication, I can't find any reference to him on the internet. Can you help? Do you know/remember Constantine Theokis?

I have attached a scan of the roster of the 62 Colts, apparently from pre-season. Not sure where it came from, but they include a Chuck Theokas, who i have discovered was subsequently the AD at Temple. Any possibility that his given name was Constantine, but they called him Chuck?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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George,

Hello.  Well, we come from the same roots.  I think my first year as a blue blooded Colt fan was 1963.

I believe I can answer your question without too much fuss.  I checked both spellings of Theokis or Theokas without any luck.  Matter of fact, there are only three NFL players in the history of the league whose name begins with T-H-E ...

    Joe Theismann          QB        1974-1985
    Ryan Thelwell          WR        1998-1998
    Harry Theofiledes       QB        1968-1968

The source for this information is http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ These folks are the consumate source for football information.

The reason you probably cannot find "Constantine" or "Chuck" is because he did not make the team.  He was probably a free agent, and did not make the regular season roster.  This sends him to the abyss when it comes to tracking his football history.

I checked the 1962 Colt draft picks and he is not listed.  
The URL is http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/clt/draft.htm

The Pro Football Reference is a great site.  While looking for your player, I discovered that two of the retired numbers for the San Francisco 49ers, John Henry & R.C. Owens both played for the 1962 Baltimore Colts.  They were carryovers from the AAFC days, so these were their last days in the NFL.  

Temple seems to cherish their pro football players, so a trip through their website may have a search feature for former players.

I am sorry I could not answer your question.  I can recomend a "over-the-top" search method if this information is very important to you.  Please send me a follow-up and I will give you the details on how you can might find out more about Constantine/Chuck Theokis/Theokas.

Best wishes,

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The subject of my expertise pertains to "American Football", as opposed to "Futball" or the game we refer to as soccer in the USA. --------------------------------------------------------- I can answer statistical questions about professional football. I am especially strong on the subject of the BALTIMORE COLTS from 1947 through 1983, Washington Redskins, and the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. My services are best used when an older, obscure question is posed. The newer NFL records are easily accessible through www.NFL.com I do not appraise memorabilia. I am not an expert on Canadian Football, though I will take a shot at any questions you might pose. I have a good understanding and recall of the folklore about Baltimore football. Some of this information may be subjective in nature. I will give the best answer possible if this is the case.

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I am former NFL Statistician with the Washington Redskins. I grew up during the days of the Baltimore Colts in the 1960's. (Please refer to the movie "Diner" for more information about the Baltimore Colts fans)

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Washington Redskins Statistician, 2005-2010 Baltimore Ravens, 1996-2003

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The records were used by author Jon Morgan in his book, "Glory For Sale". The records have been part of the Baltimore Ravens Media Guides since their inaugural season in 1996. I was interviewed for the cover story of The Press Box, a local, monthly sports tabloid newspaper. http://www.pressboxonline.com/story.cfm?id=5594

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I researched and was able to piece together the statistical history of the AAFC Baltimore Colts 1947-49, and the 1950 NFL Colts. This information was used by The Baltimore Ravens for their 1996 Media Guide. The records were entitled "Baltimore Football Records". It was considered "unofficial" since the AAFC league records were not incorporated with the NFL records when the leagues merged. The reason that this information was created was due to the fact that the NFL had prohibited the 1996 Baltimore Ravens from bringing the records, colors, and team name from the Cleveland Browns. The Baltimore football records were presented in order to create a frame of reference. The Ravens have kept these records since 1996, adding and amending as the Ravens football team challenge these records.

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I was awarded two game balls from the Ravens and was recognized for my work as the top game day employee.

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