Category Archives: Kansas City Chiefs
I have long had an interest in the handful of players who passed away as members of AFL teams. There were a surprising number of them – Howard Glenn, Ralph Anderson, Bob Laraba, Stone Johnson, Mack Lee Hill, Bob Kalsu and Frank Buncom. As players they made various contributions to their teams, yet none had the opportunity to reach their full potential, as their lives were cut short in one fashion or another.
January 15, 1967. The day of the first AFL-NFL Championship game, later to be referred to as Super Bowl I. An historic day for sure, although the Packers victory might still stick in the craw of AFL fans. Original images from that game are relatively easy to come by now, especially with the dismantling of newspaper photo archives across the country. Still, they are a treat to own, and a bit of history that a fan can hold in his hands. I’ve been fortunate to acquire four shots taken by a fan, from his family’s seats that day, as well as a handful or original slides and prints. They, and images of many other AFL topics, are always available for viewing in the Photo Galleries on this site.
I was bouncing around YouTube this evening when I stumbled across this Chiefs highlight reel from 1963, their first year in Kansas City. This team, which had won an AFL championship the previous season in their final incarnation as the Dallas Texans, finished in third place in the AFL Western Division with a 5-7-2 record. After starting the season with a 59-7 drubbing of the Broncos in Denver, the Chiefs tied Buffalo, lost to the Chargers and beat the Oilers for a respectable 2-1-1 record after four games. Six losses and a tie later however, and the Chiefs were too far behind the Chargers and Raiders to have any hope of taking a second consecutive division title.
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.
The Louisiana State University football team was dominant in 1958 & 1959. Paul Dietzel’s recruiting classes of 1955 & 1956 paid huge dividends, and led the Tigers to an NCAA championship in 1958, and a third place national ranking the following year. LSU junior, Billy Cannon, took home the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate football star in ’59, and was joined in the Tiger backfield by three other athletes who all went on to play professional football – Johnny Robinson, J.W. Brodnax, and Warren Rabb.