Daily Archives: July 23, 2012

Chiefs beat the Bears! Chiefs beat the Bears!

mike garrett sweeps around end

AUGUST 23, 1967 – CHIEFS’ MIKE GARRETT (21) SWEPT LEFT END FOR 1ST DOWN AGAINST BEARS.

Al Reynolds (60), right guard, paved the way for ex-U.S.C. star.

After losing to Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I, the Kansas City Chiefs showed that they could indeed play against NFL talent when they defeated the Chicago Bears by a score of 66-24, in a 1967 preseason game.  At that time, the 66 points were the most ever run up on a Bears team in their 47 years of NFL play.  Chiefs tight end, Fred Arbanas, recently recalled the game.  “The game I remember the most was beating Chicago Bears 66 to 24 in an exhibition game after the Super Bowl loss to the Packers.  This game was REVENGE time, as if it was a mini Super Bowl.  All inter-league games were war on the gridiron.”  In these earliest AFL-NFL contests, pride in the AFL was as much of a contributing factor as anything else in the teams’ desire to defeat their NFL counterparts. read more

Speedy Duncan discusses his Opportunity in the AFL

autographed 1967 topps leslie duncan

#131 – Leslie Duncan

Leslie “Speedy” Duncan was one of the greatest kick returners that the game has ever known.  Duncan made his name with the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League.  Here he discusses how he made the most of the opportunities that he received in the AFL.

AFL – What benefits do you think, not monetarily, you got playing with the Chargers that you may not have gotten from playing with any other team in the AFL? read more