Daily Archives: April 25, 2013

Tight End Dave Kocourek Dies of Dementia

Autographed 1963 Fleer Dave Kocourek

#71 – Dave Kocourek

Former Chargers, Dolphins and Raiders tight end, Dave Kocourek, died today after a long battle with dementia.  Kocourek, 75, played in more AFL championship games than any other player in history.  He totaled seven championship games, five with the Chargers and two with the Raiders.  Kocourek’s obituary can be found HERE.

Looking For AFL Team Photos

The 1960 Boston Patriots

Hello AFL Fans!  I recently had a reader inquire about AFL team photos.  I have all of the Chargers team photo images from the 1960s, but just a handful from the other AFL teams.  The request got me thinking that a page dedicated to AFL team photos – all teams, all years, all-star games included – would be a great addition to the site.

Now I am reaching out to readers.  Do you have any AFL team photos?  Would you be able to scan and email them to me?  It would be very much appreciated, and you would be sending along the building blocks for another great feature for all to enjoy on Tales from the American Football League. read more

Buffalo Sports Columnist Larry Felser Passes Away

Longtime sports columnist for The Buffalo News, and staunch AFL supporter, Larry Felser passed away yesterday after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.  You can read his obituary in The Buffalo News HERE.

We’re One Year In…

I wanted to use today’s post for a bit of review and to celebrate an anniversary of sorts.  I first began writing Tales from the American Football League in October 2010.  My plan had initially been to create a blog that I could use to connect with fellow AFL fans and share scans of my signed card collections.  Simple plans, which resulted in a simple blog.  I posted very sporadically for about 18 months, sharing stories but having no general purpose. read more