Category Archives: Jim “Jetstream” Smith
I was doing a bit of research on James “Jetstream” Smith recently, and stumbled upon this excellent recap of an Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Texans game from 1960, by author, Bob Gretz. In the third quarter, Jetstream ran a kick-off return back 98 yards for a touchdown, which helped maintain a Raiders rally, and turn the game around for Oakland. The full article, and many others devoted to contemporary and historic Chiefs material can be found at www.bobgretz.com.
While the 1960 Oakland Raiders were not successful on the field, the team did not lack for colorful players. Defensive lineman, Charlie Powell, never went to college, but was able to sandwich a successful professional football career in with playing minor league baseball and becoming the fourth-ranked heavyweight boxer in the world. Guard Don Manoukian made a name for himself in college by riding his motorcycle into the Stanford library while wearing just a jock strap. Then there was a speedy halfback/fullback named Jim “Jetstream” Smith.