Monthly Archives: March 2014

NFL’s first black kicker has turned life around

Gene Mingo made a significant contribution to the American Football League, which included playing in the first regular-season AFL game, and registering the first punt return for a touchdown in league history.  Additionally, Gene Mingo was likely the first African-American placekicker in professional football, and spent time in the Broncos backfield.

Gene Mingo encountered his share of trouble in his post-football life. But as the following article from 2009 (the AFL’s 50th anniversary season) shows, he dug in and turned things around. read more

E.J. Holub is famous both for football and for his horse

The Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs had a roster full of fantastic players – Abner Haynes, Len Dawson, Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Otis Taylor and many, many more.  So many, in fact, that is sometimes easy to overlook guys who maybe weren’t as well-known.  Guys like EJ Holub.  The following article by Ray Westbrook talks about what made Holub loved not only as a player, but as a teammate and person.  Like others, he was one of the colorful characters of the American Football League. read more

New Photo Gallery – 1967 Raiders at Chiefs


Up today is the third new color AFL photos gallery that I’ve posted this week.  This gallery features a collection of images from the November 22, 1967, game between the Raiders and Chiefs at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.  Enjoy!

November 22, 1967 – Raiders at Chiefs

New Photo Gallery – 1963 Jets at Patriots

1963 jets vs. patriots

Today I have added the second of three new photo galleries for the week.  This one features color images from the Jets at Patriots preseason game played on September 1, 1963.  As always, you can find the images in the PHOTO GALLERIES section of the site.

September 1, 1963 – Jets at Patriots

New Photo Gallery – 1964 Oilers at Patriots


I’ve put together a new photo gallery comprised of color images from the Oilers vs. Patriots game that was played at Fenway Park on November 6, 1964.  As always, you will find it, and others, in the PHOTO GALLERY section of the site.

November 6, 1964 – Oilers at Patriots