Category Archives: Chuck Shonta
Dave Steidel shares the Miracle of the Polo Grounds!
In only the second week of their first season in 1960 American Football League fans were treated to the Miracle of the Polo Grounds, eighteen years before the Miracle of the Meadowlands.
It happened in the Polo Grounds on September 17, as the New York Titans hosted the Boston Patriots. The Titans led 24-21 with 3 seconds left in the game and a fourth down on their own 46 yard line.
In what has become known as one of the most comical plays in AFL history, a fan snuck out of the crowd and batted down a potential game-winning pass in a 1961 game between the Boston Patriots and Dallas Texans. Perhaps the greatest thing about this play was that it was captured perfectly on film, preserved for generations of football fans. Chris Burford and Chuck Shonta, the receiver and defender in this play, are both subscribers to Tales from the American Football League. Perhaps they will weigh in on this bit of AFL history…