Tim Van Galder
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Personal information
Born: (1944-05-26) May 26, 1944 (age 76)
Racine, Wisconsin
Career information
College:Iowa State
NFL Draft:1966 / Round: 6 / Pick: 88
AFL draft:1966 / Round: Red Shirt 2 / Pick: 13
(by the Houston Oilers)[1]
Career history
* St. Louis Cardinals ( 1967, 1971)
Career NFL statistics
Passer rating:34.5
Player stats at

Thomas Scott Van Galder (born May 26, 1944)[2] is a former American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) with the St. Louis Cardinals (1967, 1971–1972) and the New York Jets (1973). He played college football and baseball at Iowa State University and the New Mexico Military Institute. While at Iowa State he earned all Big Eight Conference honors in both sports. He was later a sportscaster on St. Louis television.

Although drafted in 1966 by the Cardinals he spent most of his first 3 seasons on their taxi squad, only being briefly activated but not playing in 1967.[3] His first NFL action came on opening day of 1972 when he started at quarterback for the Cardinals and led them to a 10–3 victory over the Baltimore Colts.[3][4] He started 4 more games for the Cardinals that season but the Cardinals did not win any of them, missing several games with a concussion suffered in game 3, and he ended the season with a 34.5 quarterback rating on 79 passes (with 7 interceptions).[5][2]

He was waived by the Cardinal and picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals before the 1973 season to replace the injured Virgil Carter as Ken Anderson's backup.[6][3][7] The Bengals released him after an opening game loss in which Van Galder did not play and replaced him with Mike Ernst.[8] He was signed in October by the New York Jets to back up 3rd string quarterback Bill Demory after their top two quarterbacks, Joe Namath and Al Woodall, were hurt.[9] The Jets released him after two games in which Van Galder did not play.[10]


  1. "1966 AFL Draft".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tim van Galder". Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Jets trade Maynard to Cards; Bengals' Carter on reserve list". The Daily Reporter: p. 12. September 11, 1973. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  4. "St. Louis Cardinals at Baltimore Colts - September 17th, 1972". Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  5. Jim Barnhart (July 29, 1973). "Gregarious Van Galder retains optimism". p. 17. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  6. "Big Red Release Van Galder". Moberly Monitor-Index: p. 11. September 6, 1973. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  7. "St. Louis Cardinals are Happy with Maynard". The Messenger: p. 8. September 11, 1973. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  8. "Bengals go for First win against hapless Houston". Daily Reporter: p. 13. September 22, 1973. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  9. "Jets Sign Van Galder". The Ithaca Journal: p. 13. October 13, 1973. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  10. Larry Fox (October 25, 1973). "Howfield Keeps Footing Despite Kicks from Cosell". The Daily News: p. 135. Retrieved 2018-08-12.

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