Lynn Dickey followed a successful college career at Kansas State University by being drafted in the third round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played a limited role with the Oilers for four seasons before being traded to the Green Bay Packers where he played the rest of his career. He would put together a 13 year career in the NFL before retiring following the 1985 season.
Here are some interesting facts about Lynn Dickey:
-Kansas State University retired jersey number 11 to honor both Lynn Dickey and fellow Wildcats quarterback Steve Grogan. This is so far the only number retired by the school’s football program.
-Lynn Dickey put up a career record of 45-63-3 as a starting quarterback. He never had a record above .500 as a starter in any season during his career.
-Lynn Dickey was the starting quarterback on his high school football team, from Osawatomie, Kansas, and won a state football championship.
-In 1983, Lynn Dickey led the NFL in passing yards (4,458), touchdown passes (32), interceptions (29), yards per attempt (9.2), and yards per completion (15.4).
-From 1976 to 1980, Lynn Dickey wore jersey number 10 with the Packers. For his remaining six seasons with Green Bay he would wear jersey number 12.
-In Lynn Dickey’s first ten seasons in the league he would rush for just two touchdowns. In his last three seasons in the NFL he would rush for seven touchdowns.
-The 1976 trade that brought Lynn Dickey to the Green Bay Packers was a package put together so the Oilers could acquire quarterback John Hadl.
-When Lynn Dickey threw for 4,458 yards during the 1983 season, it was at the time the third most yards ever thrown for during an NFL season, behind only the seasons that Dan Fouts put up for the Chargers in 1980 and 1981. This is still the team record for the Packers and was one of the few team passing records that Brett Favre never surpassed.
-During the 1973 NFL season, Lynn Dickey was one for one on the only extra point attempt of his career.
-Lynn Dickey was the third quarterback inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, after Bart Starr and Zeke Bratkowski, and before Don Majkowski.