All of the pre-game publicity focused on the jockeys; even the News Leader failed to report on the Savage Boys Club preparation. The AP reported that “Some of the flyweights even have some high school football experience, and the team can boast the latest craze among professional football teams. Placekicker Paul Kallai boots the ball soccer style, which he learned in his native Hungary.” Kallai, who was in a serious auto accident a year before the game, had received severe leg injuries in the crash and was under doctors’ orders to avoid contact. The jockeys’ offensive backfield consisted of quarterback Danny French, fullback Vic Mauro, and a rotation at halfback among Garth Patterson, Ed McIver, Eddie Maple and Eddie Donally. Kallai and Patterson were the number two and three riders, respectively, for Laurel’s 1967 season.