Category Archives: Dallas Texans

Remembering the Chiefs’ Jerry Mays

Amidst hall of fame teammates on offense, defense and special teams played a defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs by the name of Jerry Mays. Standing 6’4″ and weighing in at 252 lbs, the Dallas Texas native became a local hero when he signed with the hometown Texans out of Southern Methodist University.

By all accounts Jerry Mays was a special person. A phenomenal player with a work ethic that set him apart from most others, he quickly became one of the league’s best at his position. He earned First Team All-Pro honors in just his second season, and was honored with the first of his seven trips to the AFL All-Star or NFL Pro Bowl Games. In fact, so beloved was Mays that when he considered retiring early to join his father in the construction business, a local dairy printed a form letter on the side of milk cartons that fans could sign and send to Mays. He was inundated with requests to rejoin the team, and soon ended his thoughts of leaving the game. read more

Celebrating Dave Grayson

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Dave Grayson, the AFL’s career interception leader, passed away on Saturday, July 29.  A memorial service was held for him today in his hometown of San Diego.   Grayson graduated from San Diego’s Lincoln High School, the same school that produced Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis.  From there he went to San Diego City College and then University of Oregon, before beginning his professional career with the Dallas Texans in 1961.  Grayson moved with the Texans to Kansas City, where he stayed through 1964, when he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.  His last game in professional football was in 1970, still with the Raiders. read more

Dear Abner, The Ref Goofed!

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! read more

Excellent 1961 Chargers vs. Texans video!

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. read more

Curtis McClinton

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. read more