Monthly Archives: January 2013
There is a feeling among AFL fans that the American Football League players are consistently overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction. In an effort to spark some discussion regarding their hall of fame worthiness, I will occasionally compare AFL players to their NFL (and Hall of Fame) counterparts. The short biographies on the NFL players have been taken directly from the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.
BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 15 — BILLS’ NEW COACH — Harvey Johnson, 49, named the head coach of the American Football League’s Buffalo Bills here Sunday. Johnson has been director of player personnel since 1962 and with the Bills’ organization since 1960. He replaces Joel collier who was fired Sunday after the Bills’ loss to Oakland, 48-6. (AP Wire photo) 1968
I was doing a bit of research on James “Jetstream” Smith recently, and stumbled upon this excellent recap of an Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Texans game from 1960, by author, Bob Gretz. In the third quarter, Jetstream ran a kick-off return back 98 yards for a touchdown, which helped maintain a Raiders rally, and turn the game around for Oakland. The full article, and many others devoted to contemporary and historic Chiefs material can be found at www.bobgretz.com.
One of the things that I like to collect is the different AFL regional card issues. I have written about Tresler-Comet and Golden Tulip cards in the past. One really rare AFL issue is the 1967 Royal Castle Miami Dolphins set. My friend, Mike Thomas, of Nearmint’s Vintage Football Cards and the Vintage Football Card Gallery, posted a great article on the set a while back, and has generously allowed me to republish it on Tales from the American Football League.