The 1971 National Football League Draft featured the likes of Archie Manning, Joe Theismann and Jack Ham. The very same draft featured a Fredericksburg-born placekicker, Happy Feller.
Feller, born James Feller, played for Fredericksburg High School, the University of Texas and three years in the NFL before he retired from football.
When Feller’s parents brought him home from the hospital, he was laughing. His brothers said that, “he was a happy baby.” From then on Feller has been called Happy.
“It was something literally from birth,” he said.
Feller grew up in Fredericksburg and played for Fredericksburg High School (FHS).
Feller was a member of the 1966 Battlin’ Billies that had an undefeated regular season. Part of that campaign included a 14-13 win over Wheatley High School.
“The week before, Wheatley had played Crystal City and beat them like 80 to nothing,” Feller said.