An Interview with the Dolphins and Bengals John Stofa

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#048 – John Stofa

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my first audio interview, which I did with former Texans and Chiefs linebacker, Smokey Stover.

Here is the second interview that I did that day, this one with former Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, John Stofa.  John had a fascinating AFL career in that he led both of the league’s expansion franchises during their inaugural seasons.  So sit back and begin your weekend a bit early with this conversation with John Stofa.

Transcriptions of the above interviews will be added to the site at a later date.

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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.

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7 Responses to An Interview with the Dolphins and Bengals John Stofa

  1. Jeff Miller says:

    University of Buffalo!!

  2. John went to my college Alma Mater, as did Jerry Philbin.

  3. Tom says:

    Thank you Todd for this cool interview with whats sounds to be a wonderful guy. How many can say that a HOFer Bob Griese backed them up. Stofa’s broken ankle and loosing the job to Griese, is reminiscent of the Trent Green and Curt Warner saga. That Daytona team must have been exciting, who were his wide recievers? The West Coast had the Continental Football League around that time as well with the Orange County Rhinos and LA Mustangs etc.

    Stofa played at Buffalo for Jim Offenheimer, Dewey Wade was an assistant coach during Stofa’s years at Buffaloand while Dewey never coached in the AFL he coached players, Jerry Philbin included and with coaches and former players that did. Dewey later coached with Lou Saban at Maryland and with former Chiefs player Walt Corey and Chiefs assistant Chuck Mills at Utah State. Dewey replaced Walt Corey as Defensive Coordintor in 1970 when Corey left Utah State to take the D Coordinator position at The University of Miami his alma mater.

    Dewey passed away late last year after a long battle with an assortment of ailments and is missed, Dewey was arguably the most knowledgeable football coach in the business and I was fortunate to have played two years under his tutelage

  4. Todd this was an absolutely PHENOMENAL interview! John sounds like a truly warm, friendly guy and you could tell how much pride he had in not only being (“simply”) a professional football player, but an A.F.L. football player…especially in being a #1 choice (Dolphins) and the first-ever signed player (Bengals) of the two expansion teams. Wow! You know that I would never say that I “feel sorry” for YOU, but since you’ve become such a TRUE FAN of the A.F.L., considering that you never even saw them play, I can simply say that I feel sorry that you never DID get to see them play, whereas I (and many “old guys” like me) reveled in being brought up watching The Other League! I STILL put up OLD Chargers stuff in my classroom every year (some awesome pics that I’ve gotten from you, of course). Obviously, it’s just part of life, but it’s sad to a fan such as myself to see the guys that are passing now (Kocourek, Davidson, Sestak, and the like). I’ll be moving from P.B. to Clairemont this summer and taking my whole collection of sports memorabilia…so I really MUST make time to see you soon and share more of the stuff w/ya…I KNOW you’ll get a kick out of a lot of it!!! Thanks for sharing YOUR time, energy, interviews, research w/ us all!

  5. I didn’t mean Sestak (although he’s been gone a long time); I meant “the guy” who played w/ Davidson on the line w/ the Raiders and who also passed w/in the past year or so: uh,…uh,…,uh oh, I can’t remember his name…I MUST be getting old!

  6. Kevin Carroll says:

    Todd, I thoroughly enjoyed your excellent interview with John Stofa. I do remember watching Mr. Stofa play on television during his AFL days. What was particularly uplifting were his fond memories of “how much fun” he and his teammates had playing the game “and getting paid for it!” The camaraderie that existed, even among guys competing for the same job, is really what team sports should be all about. I wish that today’s players and coaches would would pay heed to Stofa’s observations about many of today’s players focusing on “me, me, me” and individual recognition.

    Please keep the interviews coming!

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