Big Red Draft Guru: George Boone Had No Regrets

Posted by Bob Underwood

“If you are a coach, you coach; if you are a scout, you scout,” Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill once said. “We believe in a policy of separation.”

More times than not, that policy did not work for the St. Louis Football Cardinals.

After the 1973 NFL draft, the Cards promoted Kentucky native George Boone to the position of director of player personnel. From 1974 to 1987 only the Green Bay Packers had fewer collective Pro Bowl appearances among their draft picks.

George Boone was the Cardinals controversial personnel director from 1973-1991.

And only three teams saw a higher percentage of their number one draft choices fail to develop into quality players.

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