Category Archives: Art Powell
I found this neat bit of film on YouTube recently. It shows the highlights of the New York Jets playing a preseason game in 1963, against the Oakland Raiders. The game, played before a mere 8,317 fans, featured the former Titans in all-white uniforms, before they unveiled the new jet logo.
Art Powell, AFL legend and receiver for the New York Titans, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, passed away this week. Powell was a dominant receiver. Big, strong, and fast, Powell had five years of 1,000+ receiving yards in his career, and became the Oakland Raiders’ first deep threat under the tutelage of new head coach, Al Davis, in 1963.
This article was first published in 2006, but is still valuable for the insight it gives into Powell, and all that he accomplished in a career that is sadly unknown by most football fans today.
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.