Category Archives: Dallas Texans
Last month AFL author, Dave Steidel, sent me a couple of new stories that he had written for Tales. Here is the first, a look back at Abner Haynes’s flub (or not flub?) in the 1962 AFL Championship Game. ~Todd Tobias
Dear Abner, The Ref Goofed! by Dave Steidel
Left or right, vanilla or chocolate, drive or walk, small or large? Decisions, decisions, decisions! Something that we are faced with on a daily basis. But as we all know, they are not always black or white. Instead of left or right, sometimes we can go straight. Vanilla or chocolate? Ever hear of a ‘black cow’? Drive or walk, how about peddling! Small or large? What about medium? Forced choices are part of narrow band of decisions that gives us only limited options and at times we have to bite the bullet, so to speak, and choose either one or the other base on the information we have available to us at the time. And you will see in this article, in pro-football, at least in AFL in 1962, the choices when winning a coin toss ARE NOT simply to kick or receive!
I was reading through my Twitter feed the other day when I came across a link to the film above. I thought that I had seen most of the early Chargers stuff out there, but this piece from the Chargers vs. Texans preseason game of 1961 was new to me. This 4.5-minute clip contains a lot of interesting stuff, including sideline interviews, unique camera angles, and some great visuals of Balboa Stadium prior to its complete renovation for the Chargers arrival in ’61.
The Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs had some great running backs in their AFL years – Abner Haynes, Mack Lee Hill, Mike Garrett… But they also had Curtis McClinton, an excellent back in his own right, who seems to get overshadowed by the others. Haynes was the first and fantastic. Hill was on his way to stardom before dying unexpectedly on the operating table. Garrett, a Heisman Trophy winner at USC, came into pro football with much excitement, and was a good producer for the Chiefs for several years.
One of the great early AFL quarterbacks was a man from Gatesville, Texas, by the name of Cotton Davidson. A former NFL castoff, Davidson broke into the AFL with the Dallas Texans. He was traded to Oakland after the Texans picked up Len Dawson in 1962, and stayed with the Raiders through the 1968 season. In August 2012, the Cove Herald talked to Davidson about his time in professional football
The Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs had a roster full of fantastic players – Abner Haynes, Len Dawson, Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Otis Taylor and many, many more. So many, in fact, that is sometimes easy to overlook guys who maybe weren’t as well-known. Guys like EJ Holub. The following article by Ray Westbrook talks about what made Holub loved not only as a player, but as a teammate and person. Like others, he was one of the colorful characters of the American Football League.