A Visit with Jerry Magee

1964 topps chargers team - jerry magee

This week I had an opportunity to meet with one of the AFL’s great supporters, former San Diego Union beat reporter, Jerry Magee.  An excellent writer who covered boxing, tennis and minor league baseball, began covering the Chargers when the team moved to San Diego in 1961, and kept the beat for more than 30 years.

During his tenure, Jerry Magee became one of the AFL’s most vocal supporters, not only as a writer, but later as a Pro Football Hall of Fame voter and member of the PFHOF Veteran’s Committee.  Magee is now retired, but still follows football actively, from his office decorated with books and photos gathered throughout his career.

While researching my book on the 1960s Chargers, some 11 years ago, I interviewed Jerry Magee about his time covering the AFL squad.  The full interview can be found HERE.

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Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

One Response to A Visit with Jerry Magee

  1. Matt Haddad a.k.a. overdrive1975 says:

    Great interview ! ! !

    I remember Magee from the late ’70’s, when he wrote for Pro Football Weekly. Football was new to me back then, when I was a kid.

    I am jaded with the modern-day NFL. I still love my favorite players of the 21st century–Clinton Portis, Chris Lightning Johnson, Michael Vick. I like Reggie Wayne a lot, too. I don’t watch the games, though.

    I love reading articles like this, where I can learn about how it was before I came along.

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