Amendment to Today’s Interview with Lance Alworth

I received a telephone call today from Lance Alworth.  He called to tell me that he enjoyed reading today’s post, which was an interview that we had done some 15 years before, talking about his former head coach, Sid Gillman.  He also asked if we could better explain a line from the interview.  Here is what Lance had to say…

autographed 1964 topps george blair

#156 – George Blair

I read Todd’s post today with the interview that we did back in 1998.  Sid was truly an innovative coach.

One thing jumped out at me from the interview, and I wanted to better explain something I had said, as I would hate for it to be misconstrued.  At one point we were discussing the kicker on our 1963 championship team, and I had said that a great kicker was the one thing that our team lacked.  In fact, George Blair was our kicker and he was fantastic.  George led the AFL in field goal percentage in 1962 and 1963, before an injury ended his career prematurely.

What I had meant was that as George was a drop-back kicker, as were all other kickers at that time, and as such, we didn’t have the 50+ yard field goal threat that teams do today with the soccer-style kicking that became popular shortly after George retired.

My apologies to George, a great kicker and teammate!

Lance Alworth

Todd Tobias (790 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.

10 Responses to Amendment to Today’s Interview with Lance Alworth

  1. LIN BUTLER says:


  2. Great player, better guy ….

  3. Eddie Arminio says:

    A great post Todd.The 1963 Chargers were one of the greatest championship teams of all time. They have never received national acclaim from the media that they deserve, if they played the 1963 NFL champion Bears,they would have destroyed them.

    • Howard says:

      I would have enjoyed that game. That would have been a match up of Sid Gillman’s offense against George Allen’s defense. The Bears had an average offense; the best player was Mike Ditka. I cannot rate the Chargers defense, but, they seemed to have good athletes and size.

  4. dean boatwright says:

    I missed getting to meet my favorite player at the Cotton Bowl HOF induction, but I shook the hand of a great man that had shook Lance Alworth’s hand. Frank Broyles

  5. Howard says:

    A great interview! However, I thought that in the post game locker room interview after Super Bowl VI, Alworth stated that the Cowboys were a much better club than the Chargers of old. I can understand him not wanting to dump on the newly crowned champs of which he was a key member, but, that statement was contradicted by the interview posted here.

    • mike tsantoulis says:

      Whatever he said as much as I loved the old A F L, that Chargers team had little chance against those Cowboys who by the way I have no love for.and Lance was one of my all time favorite players.

  6. billd says:

    George Blair was also very good defensive back. He played in the days of smaller rosters so punters and place kickers often played two positions on the team.

  7. Kevin Carroll says:

    Todd, greatly enjoyed reading your interview with Lance Alworth as well as his addendum regarding teammate George Blair. When asked about Lance Alworth, long-time Boston Patriot coach Mike Holovak exclaimed, “WASN’T HE SOMETHING! I LOVED WATCHING HIM PLAY!” We all did!

  8. John Hoffman says:

    Lance Alworth is one of the best players to play football that I have ever seen.

    And probably could have been a great Baseball player as well.

    And I am 84. My dad was a sports writer for the Chicago Sun-Times in the 40s and 50s.He pased away in early 60s.

    John Hoffman

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