An Interview with the Houston Oilers Tony Banfield

1965 Houston Oilers Team Issue

Tony Banfield

I recently had the opportunity to conduct a telephone interview with Tony Banfield, a three-time AFL All-Star, and member of the Oilers 1960 & 1961 championship teams.  Banfield played defensive back in Houston from 1960-1965, though he did not play in 1964 while rehabbing from knee injuries.  Tony was a wonderful interview subject, full of great memories and fun stories from his AFL days.

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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.

5 Responses to An Interview with the Houston Oilers Tony Banfield

  1. John Spoulos says:

    Imagine what these players earned in those days who really cared about the fans and the game unlike the overpaid thugs who only care of themselves and not the game or the fans of today?. We should all as fans be grateful to players like Tony Banfield who made the game special.

  2. chris burford says:

    wonderful interview with Tony Banfield…very humble man, great player. Many good insights on players of his time…I fully agree the tandem of Hennigan and Groman was one of the best of all time. Thoughtful discussion, enjoyed the interview!

  3. billd says:

    Very good interview. Enjoyed listening to his story about the Oilers training in Hawaii for 2 weeks. He also conveyed how challenging it was to cover the talented receivers in the early AFL days. Thanks.

  4. Tom says:

    Banfield attended Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow Oklahoma and was classmates and maybe teammates with former MLB pitcher Jim Brewer. Brewer was a top relief pitcher with the Dodgers and others and played 16 seasons in the bigs.

  5. Dave Glick says:

    It is truly a pleasure to read these responses from people that really had a passion for the AFL. It is really cool reliving the memories of my childhood as the son of an AFL player, Tony Banfield and my Dad were in the same defensive backfield for the better part of 5 seasons. As a three time AllStar and after setting the single season record for interceptions in 1963, my Dad topped out at $20,000 a year for his final contract in 1966. Whoever said timing is everything knew what they were talking about. However I never met one player from that era that was motivated by $$$ and another reason that league was priceless.

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