Category Archives: Abner Haynes
Last month AFL author, Dave Steidel, sent me a couple of new stories that he had written for Tales. Here is the first, a look back at Abner Haynes’s flub (or not flub?) in the 1962 AFL Championship Game. ~Todd Tobias
Dear Abner, The Ref Goofed! by Dave Steidel
Left or right, vanilla or chocolate, drive or walk, small or large? Decisions, decisions, decisions! Something that we are faced with on a daily basis. But as we all know, they are not always black or white. Instead of left or right, sometimes we can go straight. Vanilla or chocolate? Ever hear of a ‘black cow’? Drive or walk, how about peddling! Small or large? What about medium? Forced choices are part of narrow band of decisions that gives us only limited options and at times we have to bite the bullet, so to speak, and choose either one or the other base on the information we have available to us at the time. And you will see in this article, in pro-football, at least in AFL in 1962, the choices when winning a coin toss ARE NOT simply to kick or receive!
American Football League history is rife with stories of racial conflict. Such was the case not only in the AFL, but in the country during the turbulent 1960s. Through it all, however, bonds often developed between teammates, black and white, that began to blur the lines of segregation, and in many cases, helped usher in changes in civil rights policy.
I found the following story about two Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs teammates, Chris Burford and Abner Haynes. It is a nice article, and wonderful to see that Burford and Haynes remain friends to this very day, more than 50 years after they first met.
There is a feeling among AFL fans that the American Football League players are consistently overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction. In an effort to spark some discussion regarding their hall of fame worthiness, I will occasionally compare AFL players to their NFL (and Hall of Fame) counterparts. The short biographies on the NFL players have been taken directly from the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.