Charles Casey
No. 89
Casey from 1965 Seminole yearbook
Date of birth: (1944-02-01)February 1, 1944
Career information
Position(s): End
College: University of Florida
High school: Brown High School (Atlanta)
Organizations
As player:
1963–1965 Florida
Career highlights and awards

Charles A. Casey (born February 1, 1944) is a former American football player. He played at the end position at the University of Florida. He was selected as a first-team All-American in 1965 and set Florida single-season records for receptions (58), receiving yards (809), and receiving touchdowns (8). At the end of his collegiate career, he was the leading receiver in Southeastern Conference (SEC) history with career totals of 114 receptions and 1,612 receiving yards.[1]

Early years

Casey grew up in Milwaukee Braves and scholarships to play basketball by Navy, Louisville and other schools. Pepper Rodgers, who also attended Atlanta's Brown High, recruited Casey to play football at the University of Florida where Rodgers was an assistant coach.[2]

University of Florida

Casey enrolled at the University of Florida and played at the end position for head coach Ray Graves' Florida Gators football teams from 1963 to 1965.[3] After catching nine passes as a sophomore in 1963,[1] Casey gained notice during a March 1964 scrimmage when he caught six passes.[4] During the 1964 season, and despite being routinely double-teamed, Casey was the SEC's leading receiver,[5] and he broke Florida's single-season records with 47 receptions and 673 receiving yards.[2][1]

As a senior in 1965, Casey broke his own single-season receiving records. In his second season teaming up with Florida quarterback Steve Spurrier, Casey was again the leading receiver in the SEC with 58 receptions for 809 yards and eight touchdowns.[1] He ended his college career as the leading receiver in SEC history.[6][7] After the 1965 season, he was selected as a first-team All-American offensive end by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Associated Press (AP).[8] He also was selected to play in the Senior Bowl,[9] and received the Daytona Beach Quarterback Club's award as the outstanding senior college football player in the State of Florida. Casey received 13 of 17 first-place votes for the award.[10] The Gators coaching staff named him as the recipient of the team's Fergie Ferguson Award, as the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage."[3]

Later years

Casey was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round (81st overall pick) of the 1966 NFL Draft. He signed a two-year contract for approximately $125,000, but he was released by the Falcons in August 1966 without appearing in any regular season NFL games.[11][12]

Casey was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great".[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Charles Casey". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b John Crittenden (November 5, 1964). "The Lonesome End Not Always Lonely". Miami News. pp. 2B, 6B. 
  3. ^ a b 2014 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 76, 79, 87, 89, 90, 91, 94, 141, 152, 153, 154, 177 (2014). Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Charles Casey Standout in Gator Scrimmage". The Miami News. March 15, 1964. p. 5C. 
  5. ^ "Florida Banks on Spurrier and Casey". The Park City Daily News (Kentucky). August 27, 1965. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Spurrier, Casey Are Named To All-SEC By UPI, AP". The Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla. December 1, 1965. p. 16. 
  7. ^ "Florida Has Top Catcher, Too; Casey Heads Southeast Checklist". The Herald-Tribune. October 12, 1965. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "Florida's Charlie Casey All-America Again". Sarasota Journal. November 24, 1965. p. 13. 
  9. ^ "Charley Casey To Play In Senior Bowl". The Miami News. December 5, 1965. p. 6C. 
  10. ^ "Gators Casey Wins QB Award". December 5, 1965. p. 1B. 
  11. ^ "Falcons Drop Charlie Casey". Sarasota Journal. August 12, 1966. p. 20. 
  12. ^ "Falcons Cut Ex-Gator Casey". The Herald-Tribune. August 12, 1966. p. 23. 
  13. ^ "Gator Greats". Retrieved September 1, 2014.