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.
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.
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.
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.