November 15, 1964 - The Chargers defense swarms over Chiefs running back, Curtis McClinton.
November 6, 1964 - George Blanda drops back against the Patriots defense in Fenway Park.
November 23, 1967 - Daryle Lamonica and the Raiders facing the tough Chiefs defense in Kansas City Municipal Stadium.
Wow… Let me tell you, it is a challenge to try and keep a website maintained and running well when you have no formal web experience! Despite my efforts, viruses hit hard, and it takes me a bit of time to figure things out. But I think we are back on track, and long overdue for some new AFL posts. A lot has happened in the past few months in our little corner of pro football history – some good, some sad.
I made a significant addition to my card collection recently when I located and purchased an autographed 1965 Topps Jim Perkins card.
Ok, so maybe Jim Perkins isn’t significant to 1965 Topps (or the AFL in general) in the same way as Joe Namath, but for autographed card collectors, this comes along, well… so far, once-in-a-lifetime.
Jim Perkins was born in Loyalton, California, on June 16, 1939. According to the 1964 Denver Broncos media guide, Perkins earned 12 varsity letters at Loyalton High School. He studied business administration at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he was a member of CU’s Big Eight championship teams, and was drafted in the 7th round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, and by the Denver Broncos in the 24th round of the AFL Draft of the same year. Perkins earned a starting spot on the Broncos offensive line as a rookie, was single (at least in 1964), and worked as a realtor in the off-season. Beyond that, nothing.
As most everyone has heard by now, the Chargers have been granted the NFL’s blessing to follow the Rams back to Los Angeles. Whether they follow through with that move is up in the air due to Chargers owner Dean Spanos not being granted the opportunity that he had hoped for in Carson. Either way, the possibility of the Chargers leaving San Diego, their home for the last 55 years, has had a profound affect on fans of the team.
George Blanda was one of the great stories of professional football. Twenty-six years in the AFL & NFL will do that. But not only did Blanda endure, he succeeded and late in his career, inspired 40-somethings all over the country with his physical exploits while playing against men literally half his age. While the video above doesn’t necessarily focus strictly on the AFL, Blanda talks about some of his inspirations, and what football meant to him.