Category Archives: Chris Burford
American Football League history is rife with stories of racial conflict. Such was the case not only in the AFL, but in the country during the turbulent 1960s. Through it all, however, bonds often developed between teammates, black and white, that began to blur the lines of segregation, and in many cases, helped usher in changes in civil rights policy.
I found the following story about two Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs teammates, Chris Burford and Abner Haynes. It is a nice article, and wonderful to see that Burford and Haynes remain friends to this very day, more than 50 years after they first met.
Last month I had an opportunity to spend a morning with former Chiefs wide receiver, Chris Burford. We watch video, talked AFL, and generally had a great time. Before I left, Chris told me that he had a gift for me. During his time in Kansas City, Chris worked as a sportscaster for one of the local television stations. He said that he had acquired a film clip of Lance Alworth at some point during that time, and had long since forgotten what was on the film. He knew of my affinity for Alworth, and wanted me to have the clip.
On Friday, October 12, 1962, in a game between the Dallas Texans and Boston Patriots, receiver Chris Burford hauled in 10 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown. For his efforts, Burford was awarded a game ball. When I met with Burford recently, he showed me the ball, which displays neatly in his home office. Below is the game summary from that game (via www.pro-football-reference.com), which the Texans won by a score of 27-7.
Earlier in the week I shared the first half of a discussion that I had last week with former Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs star, Chris Burford. Actually, “discussion” isn’t the correct word. It was more of a rambling reminiscence. As we flipped through a binder full of old AFL trading cards, Chris commented on the various players that he saw, and the memories that they rekindled.