Monthly Archives: October 2012
Last week I got a call from Lance Alworth’s office. Lance had some football memorabilia at his office, and he was hoping that I could archive it along with the rest of the momentoes from his distinguished football career. I picked up several items, the most interesting of which was his Pro Football Hall of Fame jacket.
It turns out that the Hall of Fame reissued jackets to all inductees this past summer. The clothing manufacturer, Haggar, has made the coats for nearly 35 years. The HoF called on them this year to update the garments to ensure that all inductees will be wearing the same coat, and not 30+ years worth of variations. A bit of research told me that many of the jackets are simply huge. For example, former Green Bay Packers defensive end, Willie Davis, wears a size 60XL! Lance’s is much smaller, and quite a neat piece of clothing.
Joe Namath’s first trip to San Diego was not a successful one for Broadway Joe. Namath went 18-34 for 179 yards, and three interceptions as the Chargers trounced the Jets by a score of 38-7. One person that should be recognized in this video, however, is Kenny Graham, the Chargers defensive back that returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown. Graham is often overlooked as a star on the Chargers, but he was a fearless safety that could hit like a freight train. His teammate, Bob Petrich, recalled Graham’s intensity in a game against hte Chiefs. “We were playing Kansas City one time in San Diego, and Kenny was our safety. He was like Rodney Harrison, you know, that type of guy. Fearless, antagonistic. We were just controlling these guys, and they wouldn’t run on our side. We stopped them everywhere. They stopped running. So Kenny would get up to the line and start yelling, ‘Why don’t you run over here, you chicken shit!’”
I thought this was an interesting clip. It is a neat piece of history that I had not known previously, but it also illustrates the the intensity of some individuals during a game. Ironically, this was not the first time that Lou Saban “fired” his star running back. He made a similar decision, though over a much longer period of time, with Cookie Gilchrist, when Saban was coaching the Buffalo Bills.
Here is a neat video that I found, showing Jack Kemp’s highlights from the Bills AFL championship season of 1964. Kemp was a solid quarterback, and his name has occasionally come up in regards to the Hall of Fame. Kemp retired in 1969, with 40 rushing touchdowns, 21,218 passing yards and 114 touchdown passes, but also with 183 interceptions, and only a 46.7 completion percentage and 57.3 passing rating. Still, he was a good leader on-and-off the field, played in five AFL championship games and won two of them. What do you think?