Category Archives: Dave Kocourek

Tight End Dave Kocourek Dies of Dementia

Autographed 1963 Fleer Dave Kocourek

#71 – Dave Kocourek

Former Chargers, Dolphins and Raiders tight end, Dave Kocourek, died today after a long battle with dementia.  Kocourek, 75, played in more AFL championship games than any other player in history.  He totaled seven championship games, five with the Chargers and two with the Raiders.  Kocourek’s obituary can be found HERE.

Dave Kocourek Discusses Sid Gillman’s Offense

Autographed 1963 Fleer Dave Kocourek

#71 – Dave Kocourek

In the summer of 1998, I was beginning the research for my master’s thesis on Sid Gillman.  One of the things that I did to acquire information was type several questions and mail them to some of Gillman’s former players.  Only a hanfdful of the players responded to my inquiries, but one that did was tight end Dave Kocourek, who played for Gillman’s Chargers from 1960-1965.  Kocourek is a wonderful person, who sadly is in the late stages of a post-football brain injury and the resulting dementia/alzheimer’s disease.  However, back in 1998, Kocourek took the time to respond to my inquiry with well-thought out answers.  I hope that you enjoy them. read more