Author Archives: Todd Tobias

Johnny Robinson and Our Hall of Fame Quest

Hello AFL Fans!

At this point you have likely heard that on Friday, former Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson was chosen as the senior nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Johnny will still be subject to the full voting process in February 2019. However, Johnny is the sole senior nominee this year, and as the Hall of Fame has not had an inductee class that did not include at least one senior nominee since 1976, his chances look very good. read more

Johnny Robinson HoF Campaign – The Latest

Hello AFL Fans,

It has been a while since I sent out an update on our campaign to get Chiefs’ legend Johnny Robinson inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  We started off earlier this year with a simple petition that was placed on our website. We encourage everyone to not only sign the petition, but also to share it with your contacts lists, message boards and fans groups. We need to get this petition in front of as many eyeballs as possible: read more

A Look Back at Jim Lee Hunt

Last week I read a nice piece on the Boston Patriots’ Bob Dee that had been forwarded to me by a Tales reader. This wee that same site posted a new article on Dee’s linemate, Jim Lee “Earthquake” Hunt. Hunt was often overlooked in a line up that featured Dee, Houston Antwine and Larry “Wildman” Eisenhauer, but his play ranks him up with the best of the AFL’s defensive linemen. A 10-year player, Hunt was not a stereotypical lineman in size, standing just 5’11” tall and weighing in at 255 lbs. However, his play answered any questions that his stature might raise. “Earthquake” was a four-time AFL All-Star and four-time Second Team All-Pro. read more

AFL Legend Billy Cannon Passes Away

The first major rookie signing of the AFL, Billy Cannon, has passed away. Cannon was the 1958 Heisman Trophy winner at LSU, and was highly sought by both AFL and NFL teams. Cannon signed with both the Rams of the NFL and Houston Oilers of the AFL, leading to a legal affair the result of which found Cannon playing in the AFL. He went on to play all 10 seasons of the league, splitting time between the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders. read more

Remembering the Chiefs’ Jerry Mays

Amidst hall of fame teammates on offense, defense and special teams played a defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs by the name of Jerry Mays. Standing 6’4″ and weighing in at 252 lbs, the Dallas Texas native became a local hero when he signed with the hometown Texans out of Southern Methodist University.

By all accounts Jerry Mays was a special person. A phenomenal player with a work ethic that set him apart from most others, he quickly became one of the league’s best at his position. He earned First Team All-Pro honors in just his second season, and was honored with the first of his seven trips to the AFL All-Star or NFL Pro Bowl Games. In fact, so beloved was Mays that when he considered retiring early to join his father in the construction business, a local dairy printed a form letter on the side of milk cartons that fans could sign and send to Mays. He was inundated with requests to rejoin the team, and soon ended his thoughts of leaving the game. read more

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