Monthly Archives: July 2013

An Interview with the Buffalo Bills Billy Shaw


Nearly 50 years after his fantastic football career ended, Billy Shaw again made history when he became the first (and still only) player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame who spent his entire career (1961-69) in the AFL.  Shaw spent his entire career with the Buffalo Bills, and was part of the fantastic AFL champion teams of 1964 & 1965.  Here the Hall of Fame guard discusses how he got into professional, and his time with the Bills.

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Buffalo Bills Linebacker Harry Jacobs


Here is a neat video about an often-overlooked defensive star in the AFL, linebacker Harry Jacobs.  This video comes from Jacobs’ 2012 induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

The New Tales from the American Football League

If you spent any time looking over the site this past weekend, you likely noticed some drastic changes from the way Tales from the American Football League was formerly presented. As the site grew over the last couple of years, more history and imagery were added, and I found the original design to be a bit “clunky.”

A couple of weeks ago I hired a web designer to completely overhaul the site. It has been a somewhat strenuous process, but the end is near and I am very pleased with the results. In addition to simply updating the aesthetics, several neat functions have been added to make the Tales from the AFL experience that much better.

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Former Miami Dolphins QB Rick Norton Passes Away

Former Miami Dolphins quarterback, Rick Norton, passed away on July 25.  He was 69 years old.  A full obituary can be found on Norton HERE.

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George Sauer, Jr. in the New York Times

Famed New York Jets wide receiver, George Sauer, Jr., passed away this past Spring from congestive heart failure, and after dealing with complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.  At the time of his death, stories circulated about some of Sauer’s eccentricities, and how he had become disgruntled with professional football, which contributed to his early retirement from the game.

This week the New York Times published an in-depth article on Sauer, which dealt mostly with his life post-football.  The article painted the picture of a man who, sadly, never seemed to be comfortable with life.  He had a series of failed marriages, an unsteady employment history, and a disdain for the sport that at one time had made him famous.

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