Category Archives: Bobby Bell
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Kansas City Chiefs get a lot of run around this site, and rightfully so. With players like Len Dawson, Abner Haynes, Chris Burford, Ed Budde, Jim Tyrer, Mike Garrett, Fred Arbanas, Otis Taylor, and others, this team had an offense that could go toe-to-toe with anyone in either league, as they proved in Super Bowl IV, and several prior preseason games.
The Chiefs had sensational defenses as well, and in particular, a linebacking corps that has been ranked #4 in the history of the game by NFL Films. Ranked in-and-around the Chiefs ‘backers are: