Monthly Archives: March 2018

Remembering the Chargers Don Norton

I got an email the other day from the family of former Chargers receiver, Don Norton. Don’s brother, Dennis, mentioned how he reads all of the Tales postings and went on to discuss some things that had been done around their hometown of Anamosa, Iowa, to remember Don.

Just wanted you to know that my brother Steve and I wanted to keep our brother Don’s spirit alive and well in the town he grew up in, Anamosa, Iowa. The results were from a scoreboard that was moved to an elementary gymnasium to a monument built at the football field where Don starting playing his high school football career. Remembering “Don Norton’s Football and Athletic Career” was our goal. Nearly 100 individuals helped and / or donated to this memorial. If you include spouses or significant others that number increased dramatically. This included folks from Kentucky, California, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico and even from a friend who lives in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. In Iowa, we received contributions from individuals living in sixteen cities; fromDes Moines, Iowa to Guttenberg, Iowa to Fairfield, Iowa. The help from individuals building this memorial was nothing but awesome; they dug holes, shoveled and racked rock, helped with the landscaping and much much more! Those individuals even included many members of the 2017 Anamosa ‘Blue Raider’ Football Team! 
I hope you don’t mind this email which shows you a different way a family “preserves the legacy of the AFL” and the earliest days of a player who was “An Original Charger”.
Remembering Don Norton now stands for all the young players who will walk by his memorial at a Small Town USA Football Field, look at Don’s image and read about his athletic accomplishments.
Finally, a note that Don would have turned 80 years old yesterday (March 13); miss him deeply! Thanks for your efforts in keeping the AFL Spirit alive and well. read more

AFL News & Notes – Check it out!

Just a few details on items of interest to AFL fans…

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#202 – Johnny Robinson

The Johnny Robinson hall of fame campaign is off to a good start, but has a long way to go before we turn over the numbers to the Hall of Fame Senior Committee in August. We have close to 500 signatures on the petition at the moment, and media members in Kansas City have started to take notice and promise articles in the near future. If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now. Johnny Robinson is an incredibly-deserving candidate, and I am hopeful that if he gets in, there will be more discussion about other AFL’ers who have thus far been overlooked. read more

Still Collecting Cards

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“1963 Chargers – the Best Team Ever!!” Lance Alworth

This football season was an odd one for me.  For the first time in my life, we didn’t have professional football in San Diego.  There was a lot of hatred towards the Chargers around here, and the media didn’t quite seem to know how to handle things.  Report the scores? Don’t report the scores? Love the Chargers, or bash them? It was all rather uncomfortable.

As for me, I stayed rather far away from it all.  I didn’t watch the Chargers at all, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. However, I was just as active with my old standby that is collecting signed AFL trading cards. In fact, many of the people reading this post answered my request for signatures this year, and some did it multiple times (right, Gino Cappelletti?) read more