Daily Archives: May 2, 2012

Why is Dave Grayson not in the Hall of Fame?

Last week we discussed how Texans and Chiefs defensive back, Johnny Robinson, has been overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Ironically, there is a second player from that early Texans secondary that also deserves serious hall of fame consideration for his accomplishments in the old AFL.  That man is Dave Grayson.

Dave Grayson grew up in San Diego’s Logan Heights district, and developed his athletic skills at a place the kids called “The 40 Acres.”  Among his playmates were Art & Charlie Powell, and Negro League and Pacific Coast League baseball star, Johnny Ritchey.  Grayson, attended San Diego’s Lincoln High School and then the University of Oregon before signing as a free agent with the Dallas Texans in 1961.  Grayson worked his way into the Texans starting lineup as a rookie.  He hauled in three interceptions in ’61, one of which he returned for an AFL-record 99 yards and a touchdown. read more