January 7, 1963 - The Houston Oilers representatives to the 1963 AFL All-Star Game. Back Row - Rich Michael, Ed Husmann, Bob Talamini, Charlie Hennigan, Don Floyd, George Blanda. Front Row - Freddy Glick, Jim Norton, Tony Banfield, Bob Schmidt, Charlie Tolar, Al Jamison.

January 13, 1963 - Austin Gonsoulin of the Denver Broncos makes a leaping interception in front of the Houston Oilers Charlie Hennigan, in the second annual AFL All-Star Game.

November 11, 1962 - The San Diego Chargers Ernie Ladd prepares to tackle Cookie Gilchrist, the Buffalo Bills star running back and 1962 AFL Most Valuable Player.

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.

 

An Interview with Tom Flores

One of the benefits of being an autographed card collector is that when I send a card in the mail to a former AFL player, I also have the opportunity to ask if they would be interested in doing an interview for Tales from the American Football League.  I had just such an experience recently when I sent an interesting new RetroCard (more on those in a future post!) to former Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Tom Flores.

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Excellent 1961 Chargers vs. Texans video!

I was reading through my Twitter feed the other day when I came across a link to the film above.  I thought that I had seen most of the early Chargers stuff out there, but this piece from the Chargers vs. Texans preseason game of 1961 was new to me.  This 4.5-minute clip contains a lot of interesting stuff, including sideline interviews, unique camera angles, and some great visuals of Balboa Stadium prior to its complete renovation for the Chargers arrival in ’61.

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AFL Legend, Art Powell

Art Powell, AFL legend and receiver for the New York Titans, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, passed away this week.  Powell was a dominant receiver.  Big, strong, and fast, Powell had five years of 1,000+ receiving yards in his career, and became the Oakland Raiders’ first deep threat under the tutelage of new head coach, Al Davis, in 1963.

This article was first published in 2006, but is still valuable for the insight it gives into Powell, and all that he accomplished in a career that is sadly unknown by most football fans today.

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Favorite AFL Images – Davis & Noll

Al Davis and Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll and Al Davis work from the booth as the Chargers face the Raiders on September 30, 1962.

One of the interesting things about the AFL is the number of great coaches who came up as assistants with AFL teams – Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll, Al Davis, Tom Bass, Bum Phillips, Chuck Knox, John Madden and many more.  The most impressive AFL staff, in my mind, is that of the early Chargers.  Sid Gillman, Al Davis, Chuck Noll, Jack Faulkner and Joe Madro.  Is there another staff in history in which 60% of its members were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?  Imagine the conversations in coaching meetings…

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Houston Antwine Elected into Patriots Hall of Fame

Longtime Boston Patriots defensive tackle, Houston Antwine, has been selected unanimously for entrance into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Houston Antwine was a member of the Patriots for 11 seasons, from 1961-1971.  He was dominant from his defensive tackle position, earning six consecutive trips to the AFL All-Star Game.  ‘Twine is a member of the Patriots 50th Anniversary Team, and was chosen as one of two defensive tackles for the AFL’s All-Time Team in 1970 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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