AFL Memories with Chris Burford

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One of the most enjoyable “AFL experiences” that I have had was an afternoon spent with former Oakland Raiders teammates, Ben Davidson and Tom Keating.  For a two-hour period, Davidson and Keating looked through my collection of autographed AFL trading cards, laughing, swearing, and telling stories about the players they saw while flipping through those two binders.  The stories were many and fantastic, and to this day I kick myself for not having the foresight to somehow record the meeting.  I promised myself that if I ever had a similar opportunity that I would be sure to make an audio recording of the event.

This past week I had the pleasure of visiting the home of former Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, Chris Burford, and spending a few hours with the AFL great.  Chris showed me many photographs and pieces of memorabilia from his long AFL career, which I will share in future posts.  When my turn came time to show what I had brought to the afternoon, I got out my binders of cards, and turned on the audio recorder of my iPhone.

The following is a the first half of our trading card reminiscence.  I will share the second half later.  For those that wonder what cards we were viewing, this period of the discussion would have covered the players who spent 10 years in the AFL, the AFL All-Time First and Second Teams, 1960 & 1961 Fleer, and 1961 Topps, several of which can be found in the MEMORABILIA section of the site.

Todd Tobias (676 Posts)

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.



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6 Responses to AFL Memories with Chris Burford

  1. billd says:

    Thanks for posting. Can’t wait for second half. It was interesting to hear Chris reminisce about his playing days, both college and pro.

  2. I love hearing Chris comment on various articles on this site, and I know everyone else feels the same way. I only wish more pro football players would join in.

    • Todd Tobias says:

      I agree, Matt. Hopefully some guys will start joining in the discussions…

      But I’ve got an opportunity coming up on Monday for readers to ask questions to Lance Alworth. I’m going to meet up with him next week for an interview, and I will bring along up to 20 questions posed by Tales from the AFL readers!

  3. Mike Dugan says:

    I loved the Burford interview/visit. What really struck me was his connection to his and the other players he mentioned to their college careers. That was the first thing he mentioned about each player. I have found talking to so many former pro football players that alot of the joy they derived from the game came during their high school and college years. The financial rewards of course came from their pro careers (well in most cases.)

  4. Charles Oakey says:

    Chris played well in Super Bowl I against Green Bay. Met him at Frank Youell Field in Oakland in 1965. A very nice man.

  5. Kevin Carroll says:

    Thank you Mr. Burford for sharing your reflections on your football career with Todd. I’m looking forward to hearing the second part. Thank you for mentioning that Kent McCloughan (Raiders/Nebraska) was really the first defensive back to employ the bump and run. Also, many of today’s commentators, fans and players simply regard Sammy Baugh as an excellent quarterback, but as you stated, with his skills as a defensive back and punter he was one of the greatest players of all-time.

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