Category Archives: Bobby Burnett
After an excellent run of Email from the AFL, we are wrapping up with this week with a piece by the 1966 AFL Rookie of the Year, Bobby Burnett. In 14 games his rookie season, Burnett rushed 187 times for 766 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 319 yards and another four touchdowns. Burnett was voted to play in the AFL All-Star Game, and was named AFL Rookie of the Year.AFL – You came to a Bills team that was deep in veterans. Did any of the older guys take you under their wing or act as a mentor to you?
I recently emailed a single question to some former AFL players. What was the single most exciting moment during your years in the AFL, and what made it so? Two of the responses, I thought, were particularly moving, and mentioned the players parents. So in honor of Father’s Day (a day late), here is the newest installment of Email from the AFL.
I guess the most exciting day for me in the AFL was when we were selected as the first team to play the mighty NFL Detroit Lions in an exhibition at the 20,000 seat Denver University stadium. The stage was set with Cookie Gilchrist in the backfield as a monster full back, with a young Scotty Glacken at QB. We were supposed to be beaten to a pulp, embarrassed, and put to rest versus the mighty NFL Lions. However, we had a good, tough game, with the offensive line making way for Cookie and giving great protection to the quarterback, along with a tough defense. Alex Karras had said he would walk back to Detroit if they lost… We sent over a pair of tennis shoes to the locker room post game.
|Bobby Burnett (#21) shown running behing Bills blockers.|