Category Archives: Earl Faison

A Few Notes on Earl Faison

Chargers’ great, Earl Faison, passed away on June 12.  Regretfully, my website was down and I wasn’t able to post about it.

Earl was the first AFL personality that I met, way back in 1997.  I was a new employee at The San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, and he had been inducted into our hall of fame in February 1996, so we saw a lot of each other at museum events.  When I decided to write my master’s thesis on Sid Gillman, Earl was the first interview that I scheduled. read more

Back Into the Light… and Some New AFL Talk

Wow…  Let me tell you, it is a challenge to try and keep a website maintained and running well when you have no formal web experience!  Despite my efforts, viruses hit hard, and it takes me a bit of time to figure things out.  But I think we are back on track, and long overdue for some new AFL posts.  A lot has happened in the past few months in our little corner of pro football history – some good, some sad. read more

Earl Faison – Heart of San Diego

Earl Faison has always been one of my favorite AFL players.  Though somewhat overshadowed (literally and figuratively) by his enormous linemate and friend, Ernie Ladd, Faison was perhaps even more dominant than Ladd until his career was cut short by injury.  While many who played against Ladd say he did not go hard on every play, the opposite is felt about Earl Faison, who played the game with abandon. read more

Fun AFL Stories

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#022 – Ray Abruzzese

From Joe Namath, as printed in Going Long, by Jeff Miller – Howard [Cosell] and Dick Schaap and I were sitting in my living room.  Ray (roommate, Ray Abruzzese) was in the bedroom sleeping.  Ray came walking out in a T-shirt and these nylon shorts, wiping his eyes.  He looked up and saw Howard: “Oh Howard!”  In his Philadelphia accent.  “I thought you were on television!  I was just coming out to turn you off!”  Schaap and I died.  Howard sat there, just staring, his mouth agape.  After about 10 seconds, Howard started in on every Italian in the world. read more

Email from the AFL – San Diego Chargers George Blair

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Tobin Rote holds as George Blair kicks a field goal for the Chargers.

George Blair played defensive back and kicker for the San Diego Chargers from 1961-1964, before a leg injury suffered in a game against the Patriots prematurely ended his career.  Blair led the AFL in Field Goal Percentage and Extra Point Percentage in both 1962 & 1963.  During his time with the Chargers he scored 272 points (all on kicks) and intercepted five passes.

AFL – You were drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers and the New York Giants.  Please discuss your reasons for signing with the Chargers. read more