An Interview with Smokey Stover

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#107 – Smokey Stover

We are trying something new today.  This is my first attempt at posting audio files of player interviews directly to the site, and I would love to hear your feedback!

Last week I was able to speak with Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Smokey Stover.  Smokey responded to my questions with well-thought and colorful answers, in his great Louisiana drawl.

So roll on into your weekend with this fun interview, and please let me know what you think in the comments section below.  Do you enjoy listening to this interviews, or would you prefer to read the transcriptions?  Any input is appreciated!

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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.


12 Responses to An Interview with Smokey Stover

  1. tom danyluk says:

    todd…you do excellent work! i love this site! so, now that you asked, i prefer transcripts…….. td

  2. Bill Krisheer says:

    Enjoyed my old teammate Smokey he did a good job about our Dallas Texan Team.
    If possible I would like to have the contact for Smokey Stover to catch up with him. Also Johnny Robinson
    Smokey Johnny and I played in 1960&1961 I was playing guard…

    Bill Krisher 214-668-4134 C or Email bkrisher@att.net

  3. 1967 says:

    I like both the transcripts & the audio…probably prefer the former only because it is easier to find (re-read) a specific part than listening/searching a recording.

    Having said that, loved listening to Smokey & would same any/all former AFL players, am sure. For me, no matter the favorite team(s) or player(s) it’s always interesting to get different perspectives, the 1960’s.

  4. Peter Stellato says:

    Very Good Stuff.
    At 53 years old, as a voracious reader with my eyes starting ever so slightly to wear down; any time anyone can present audio to listen to, I’m happy. Great job, Todd.
    Also, the tone of an interviewees voice can contain so much that can be lost in a transcript.

  5. I prefer the transcripts, hands down. That’s the way I operate. I work best with the printed word. With audio and video, I have to rewind a thousand times to decipher it.

    Since there are some who prefer the audio, maybe you should make it available both ways.

  6. Tex Noel says:

    Great interview, Todd! I never heard of him until you interview.
    Either way is great.
    However, the audio was awesome–as you could actually “feel” like you were in the same room during it–as it would paint a picture better of what was said–that reading a Q & A does not present.

  7. billd says:

    I actually liked listening to Smokey talk about his days with the Texans/Chiefs. After seven years with the Texan/Chief organization, Smokey entered 1967 on the bubble,with the Chiefs welcoming rookies Willie Lanier and Jim Lynch to the 67 team. To his credit, Smokey gave it his all with big preseason games against the Bears and Rams. He ended up in 67 with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League, helping that team win the Grey Cup. Great job with the interview.

  8. dean boatwright says:

    GREAT !!!! Enjoyed every min. Really like to learn about all the old players. I like putting a voice with a face. Got to meet Jerry Mays twice. First time at church. His mom and dad went to our church in oak cliff, I was 10 tears old and the chiefs just got finished off by the packers. Being the packer fan that i am , after shaking his huge hand i said”what was it like to play the packers”he was very nice not to thump me out of the way and responded”they were a machine”. The next time i got to speak with Mr. Mays,he and several alumni from Sunset high school came and spoke to our team before we played our first playoff game in 92′( i had played at sunset in 71′-72; but was coaching there in 92′) he said remembered the conversation and asked if i still was a packer fan. we laughed! Jerry Rhome also spoke that day! And , Yes i am still a packer fan and Johnny Robinson SHOULD be in the HOF…and not warren sapp..what a disgrace to put sapp in…Ray Nitschke is flipping in his grave over that one

  9. dean boatwright says:

    got a fair Lance Alworth story if your interested

  10. Christopher Peck says:

    Really enjoyed the interview, Todd. Smokey is a cool dude for sure! Only heard of him recently when I had the time to finish a project: creating the players on the Madden ’09 game to match the original eight, while picking the best season for each team (I chose the ’66 Chiefs). BTW: the ’64 Chargers won the tournament. I chose that team instead of ’63 because I still hate the fact that Lance was hurt (not to mention what happened to Keith).

  11. Kevin Carroll says:

    Thanks for the interview with Smokey Stover. I enjoyed it immensely. His colorful anecdotes about his playing days only reinforces what a unique and exceptional time the early days of the AFL were.

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