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.

 

1963 Kansas City Chiefs Highlight Reel

I was bouncing around YouTube this evening when I stumbled across this Chiefs highlight reel from 1963, their first year in Kansas City.  This team, which had won an AFL championship the previous season in their final incarnation as the Dallas Texans, finished in third place in the AFL Western Division with a 5-7-2 record.  After starting the season with a 59-7 drubbing of the Broncos in Denver, the Chiefs tied Buffalo, lost to the Chargers and beat the Oilers for a respectable 2-1-1 record after four games.  Six losses and a tie later however, and the Chiefs were too far behind the Chargers and Raiders to have any hope of taking a second consecutive division title.

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Harry Jacobs – A 10-Year Man

When recalling the great Buffalo Bills defenses of the mid-1960s, there are a number of big names that come to mind.  Tom Sestak, Ron McDole, Paul Maguire, George Saimes, Butch Byrd, and many others.  One that has a tendency to get overlooked, unfortunately, is linebacker Harry Jacobs.

Harry Jacobs was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 11th round of the 1959 NFL Draft, but was released during training camp.  Opportunity came knocking shortly after, however, in the form of a brand new professional league.  The Boston Patriots picked up the 6’1″ middle linebacker, and thus started a career in which Jacobs played in the very first, and final AFL games for his teams.  He is one of just 20 men to have played all 10 AFL seasons.

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A Few Notes on Earl Faison

Chargers’ great, Earl Faison, passed away on June 12.  Regretfully, my website was down and I wasn’t able to post about it.

Earl was the first AFL personality that I met, way back in 1997.  I was a new employee at The San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, and he had been inducted into our hall of fame in February 1996, so we saw a lot of each other at museum events.  When I decided to write my master’s thesis on Sid Gillman, Earl was the first interview that I scheduled.

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Greatest Broncos Fullback – Cookie Gilchrist

Former Denver Broncos PR man, Jim Saccomano, posts fantastic stories on Broncos history to the team website.  Recently he detailed the turbulent career of famed fullback, Cookie Gilchrist. Although Cookie played for the Broncos some 50 years ago, Sacco’s praise of Gilchrist is still high, calling him, “by far the greatest Denver fullback and one of the greatest players that many have never heard of.”

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Ben Davidson Scares the Boogeyman

Here is a little Oakland Raiders fun since we are getting back into the swing of the AFL.  This is a project my son put together for his freshman graphic design class.  I loved it!

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