Tarkenton: 'In 1961, I Was a Freak.' Today, Running Quarterbacks Embraced

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Tarkenton: 'In 1961, I Was a Freak.' Today, Running Quarterbacks Embraced
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When I began my NFL career in 1961, I was a freak. The reason was simple: I played quarterback and I ran. There were no designed runs in our playbook, but I would scramble out of the pocket when a play broke down -- nowadays, that likely would be called "extending the play." When I ran forward for yardage, it was never the design of the play, but just something that happened when nothing else worked...

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