Monthly Archives: August 2013

AFL Snubbed Again by HoF Seniors Committee

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their Seniors Committee finalists for the HoF Class of 2014 on Wednesday.  Oakland Raiders punter, Ray Guy, and Falcons & Eagles defensive end, Claude Humphrey were given the nod this year.  Once again, a host of worthy AFL candidates were left to “wait ’til next year.”

At this point, I don’t know what to say other than the system is broken and needs to be fixed.  Honestly, I have no problem with Ray Guy.  He is among the top two or three to ever play his position, and truly changed the game during his career.  He has been long overlooked, and is due his moment in the sun.  As for Humphrey, I just shake my head and ask, “why?” read more

Miracle Rings!!!

After yesterday’s post featuring Chris Burford’s 1962 AFL championship ring, reader Tim Tryjankowski sent along this incredible story about a long-missing 1964 Buffalo Bills championship ring that was recovered and returned to the original owner.

It’s funny, but Tim’s story is not necessarily the most amazing lost-and-found instances concerning a Bills AFL championship ring.  Take a look at another story about Remi Prudhomme’s ring, on Ange Coniglio’s famed site, Remember the AFL.  You will have to scroll about halfway down the page to a story titled Stranger than Fiction, but it is well worth the effort! read more

Chris Burford’s 1962 AFL Championship Ring

The Ring…  It is the tangible piece of the goal that all professional football teams have entering into each new season.  This is the ring that Chris Burford received after his Dallas Texans won the 1962 AFL championship game.

chris burfords ring

chris burfords ring

The Denver Broncos Horse Logo – Brown or Blue?

1962 broncos vs chargers I never cease to be amazed at the types of things that people study when it comes to the AFL.  I get all sorts of interesting questions tossed my direction, some of which I can answer, others I cannot. Just yesterday I received an inquiry from a devoted reader living in Italy.  As I am not familiar with the intricate details of most AFL uniforms, I offered to post his question to the board.  We have some very knowledgeable Denver Broncos collectors who read Tales, as well as several former AFL players.  Here is hoping that someone can help out… Hi Todd, In reading today’s post “What would you ask Lance Alworth,” one thing came to my mind as soon as I started thinking of a question.  It’s not related to Lance’s career so I don’t know if it fits the purpose, but I think it’s interesting.   As you certainly know the Broncos changed their uniforms in 1962 switching from brown and mustard yellow to orange and blue. The helmet was orange with a horse logo. The first couple of regular season games the logo was dark, then they switched to a white one.   With the merchandising market having a boom in the 90s, a lot of reproductions started appearing on the internet showing a brown logo. Then started a debate with a lot of eyewitnesses saying the dark logo was a brown horse (which doesn’t make much sense but still…) and a lot of other eyewitnesses saying the logo was in fact blue (which it makes a lot more sense).   Broncos’ VP of Corporate Communications Jim Saccomano tackled the topic in 2011 asking 3 reliable sources: Chuck Garrity, former Denver Post sports editor, Ronnie Bill, who was the Broncos assistant equipment manager in 1962 and Al King, publicity man for the Broncos in ’62. read more

What Would You Ask Lance Alworth?

I am fortunate to have a friendship with former Chargers receiver and AFL legend, Lance Alworth.  This past week I saw Lance and we spoke a bit about Tales from the American Football League, of which he is a subscriber and daily reader.

I am going back to see Lance again, likely towards the end of this week, and we will conduct an interview that will be posted to Tales…  The twist with this interview is that I am giving Tales readers an opportunity to pose the questions. read more