Category Archives: John Hadl
Of course the answer is ultimately, “yes,” but at what cost?
A game-worn John Hadl football helmet from an AFL All-Star Game has been on eBay for more than a month now. The price tag reads $4,000. Frankly, that may be a decent price. I have certainly seen helmets sell for much more, and all-star pieces do not come up for sale terribly often. Still, for my money, I think it is a pretty ugly piece. It just doesn’t have the visual appeal that I would want for something that expensive. Thoughts?
There is a feeling among AFL fans that the American Football League players are consistently overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction. In an effort to spark some discussion regarding their hall of fame worthiness, I will occasionally compare AFL players to their NFL (and Hall of Fame) counterparts. The short biographies on the NFL players have been taken directly from the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.
John Hadl and Lance Alworth both came to the Chargers in the 1962 AFL draft. By 1964, Hadl had moved into the starting quarterback position, and he and Alworth began one of the great quarterback-receiver tandems of all time.I conducted the following interview with John Hadl in 1999, while researching my masters thesis on Sid Gillman. We talked a lot about offensive theory, and also got into the reasons for the Chargers falling off in the late 1960s.
In the latter half of the AFL, John Hadl and Joe Namath routinely dueled it out for top passing marks in the league. The following poem was first published in the American Football League Pictorial of September 28, 1969, the game program for a contest between the Jets and Chargers in San Diego. The poem is called A Tale of Two Quarterbacks, Broadway Joe and Kansas John, and shows an obvious bit of hometown favor for Kansas John.
Now that the American Football League is more than 50 years old, there are a good number of football fans who are not old enough to have their own AFL memories. As a result, we “youngsters” are at the mercy of whatever documentation was done so many years ago. Fortunately, football has always been a spectacle, and as a result, has been widely photographed throughout the years. The AFL was no different, with both amateur and professional photographers capturing forever these moments in professional football history.