Carl Peterson, Philadelphia’s Original Man of Leisure

This photo of Philadelphia Stars GM Carl Peterson appeared in their 1983 yearbook. I love the fact that he is talking on a phone outdoors. It says so much about the man. He probably had a servant just off camera who always had to keep Carl’s black rotary phone jacked in to whatever line was closest. And if he couldn’t find one, “Well then you’d better find one damnit or why the hell am I paying you all of this money?” Also, I am pretty much positive that Carl had a car whose doors opened by rising up and a betamax player. And I think he played the “bad guy” in about two hundred straight to videotape 1980s movies.

(After the USFL folded, Carl went on to become the GM of the Chiefs for 19 years, finally stepping down in 2008.)

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