This is one of 8 tribute issues published this month to honor Julie Schwartz. The two stories inside are based on the cover, a device Julie Schwartz used to inspire his writers.
The other football players mentioned -- Fox, Broome, Bates, Maggin, and Pasko -- are names from Julius Schwartz' stable of writers, i.e., Gardner Fox, John Broome, Cary Bates, Elliot S! Maggin, and Marty Pasko. Also, incidental characters Curt and Murphy are named after classic Superman artists Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson.
Julius Schwartz memorium.