It wasn’t surprising that Alex Webster was in the right place at the right time on the spectacular 87-yard pass play that got the Giants going in the third quarter. The tough New Jersey native was someone his teammates could always depend upon to make the big play at crunch time.
Webster was an 11th-round draft pick of the Redskins in 1953; they tried him on defense before cutting him. Webster headed to Montreal, where he became a star and led the CFL in rushing in 1954. The Giants noticed him when they were scouting Montreal quarterback Sam Etcheverry. They signed Alex in 1955.
The determined Webster led the team in rushing as a rookie halfback. He had an effective, gliding running style and used his blocks very well, and he would fight for every yard when the blocking disappeared.
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He also had a determined nose for the goal line; until recent years, his 56 touchdowns rushing and receiving were only exceeded by Giants Frank Gifford and Joe Morrison.
Shoulder and leg injuries from 1958 through 1960 nearly got Webster cut in training camp in 1961. However, after being switched to fullback by Allie Sherman, Webster had his two biggest seasons before he began to show the signs of age in 1963, at age 32. He led the Giants in rushing three times and retired as their all-time leading rusher. A popular figure with the fans, Webster went on to coach the team in the post-Sherman era with limited success, finishing with a 29-40-1 record. midfield on their next possession, but Baltimore’s Jackie Simpson fumbled on the return and the Giants had the ball on the Colts’ 10. Once again, Frank Gifford lost the handle. Baltimore got the ball back and drove 86 yards in 15 plays to score on a 15-yard pass to Raymond Berry. The Giants went to the locker room at the half trailing 14-3 and having been outgained 198 yards to 86.
After an exchange of punts to begin the third quarter, the Colts mounted another drive. With a first-and-goal at the New York 3, it looked as if the game were about to turn into a rout. After three dive plays moved the ball just two yards, however, Unitas tried something different on fourth-and-goal from the 1. He pitched out to Alan Ameche, who had the option to pass the ball to tight end Jim Mutscheller. Instead, instinctive linebacker Cliff Livingston dragged Ameche down at the 5.
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