Category Archives: Bobby Bell

Off-Season Autographed AFL Card Pick-Ups

One of my hobby passions is autographed 1960s football cards, so as usual, I spent time during the off-season adding signed AFL cards to my collection.  However, as my sets are in need of only a handful of rare cards, I was forced to get creative if I wanted to add anything new and interesting to my collection.  I put together a handful of player sets – Lance Alworth, Gino Cappelletti, John Hadl, Johnny Robinson – and picked up a few signed team cards, but the most fun that I had came in having players add interesting inscriptions to particular cards. read more

Remembering the Chiefs’ Mack Lee Hill

I have long had an interest in the handful of players who passed away as members of AFL teams.  There were a surprising number of them – Howard Glenn, Ralph Anderson, Bob Laraba, Stone Johnson, Mack Lee Hill, Bob Kalsu and Frank Buncom.  As players they made various contributions to their teams, yet none had the opportunity to reach their full potential, as their lives were cut short in one fashion or another. read more

1963 Kansas City Chiefs Highlight Reel

I was bouncing around YouTube this evening when I stumbled across this Chiefs highlight reel from 1963, their first year in Kansas City.  This team, which had won an AFL championship the previous season in their final incarnation as the Dallas Texans, finished in third place in the AFL Western Division with a 5-7-2 record.  After starting the season with a 59-7 drubbing of the Broncos in Denver, the Chiefs tied Buffalo, lost to the Chargers and beat the Oilers for a respectable 2-1-1 record after four games.  Six losses and a tie later however, and the Chiefs were too far behind the Chargers and Raiders to have any hope of taking a second consecutive division title. read more

Talking Race and the AFL with Bobby Bell

Two years ago I was able to conduct a telephone interview with the great Chiefs linebacker, Bobby Bell.  While I can think of a thousand different topics would be fun to discuss with the Hall of Fame member, we generally stuck with the racial issues that he encountered growing up, and then as a professional football player.  I have run this piece each of the last two February’s, and it is time to do read this again. read more

A few minutes with Bobby Bell

Despite his presence in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bobby Bell might still not be getting the credit that he deserves as a dominant football player.  Hank Stram said that Bell was the only player that he has ever coached that could excel at any position on the football field.

Bobby Bell did this interview with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in which he discusses his entry into professional football, and his settling into the linebacker position. read more