Category Archives: AFL

Hall of Fame Vote Tomorrow! Johnny Robinson & Tom Flores!

Tomorrow is the vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.  There are two AFL members that are finalists on this year’s ballot, former Raiders QB Tom Flores and Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson. Although he was the Raiders first quarterback, Flores is likely better-known for his time as head coach of the Raiders when he led them to two Super Bowl victories. Johnny Robinson is the lone senior candidate and thought of by many as the most talented player in the senior pool of nominees. Whatever belief system you have, please put forward good vibes for these two gentlemen. Say a prayer, kiss the Blarney Stone, raise a toast, toss a coin in a fountain, or whatever else you can think of doing that might help get our guys the recognition they so deserve. 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

The First AFL Draft

For decades there has been mystery surrounding the first AFL draft. How was it done? What was the order? Trades? And on and on…

Oakland Raiders’ team historian Jerry Knaack has recently tackled the historic event and posted his work on the Raiders website. Rather than try to summarize or make up Cliffs Notes to what may be the most convoluted draft in sports history, I will simply post the link for you all to enjoy! read more