Category Archives: Kansas City Chiefs

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

1959 LSU Stars Join the AFL

1960 afl yearbook

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. read more

Harvey Frommer’s Notes on Super Bowl I

Len Dawson throws over the Packers' Ray Nitschke.

Len Dawson throws over the Packers’ Ray Nitschke.

The 50th anniversary of Super Bowl I is sneaking up on us, and I can only imagine the media campaign that will be unleashed by the NFL.  Fortunately, this will also give cause for historians to review the first AFL-NFL championship game (as Super Bowl I was initially referred to) and all of the build-up surrounding the AFL-NFL merger.

A new book titled When It Was Just A Game by oral historian Harvey Frommer, is now on bookshelves across the country, and provides an in-depth look at that earliest of AFL-NFL contests.  I’ve just placed my Amazon order, and will be reviewing the book here on Tales.  In the meantime, I came across an interesting article about Frommer’s research for the book.  Some of these notes are rather well-known, but they still provide historical background on the spectacle that is the Super Bowl. read more

Bert Coan being Inducted into Texas High School Football Hall of Fame

Running back Bert Coan was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1962.  After playing in four games with the Chargers, Coan was shipped off to the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the start of the 1963 season.  Coan spent six years with the Chiefs where he had a strong, if unheralded career.  He led the AFL with 5.4 yards-per-carry in 1966, and finished Top 10 in the league each season in most rushing categories. read more

An Interview with Tom Flores

One of the benefits of being an autographed card collector is that when I send a card in the mail to a former AFL player, I also have the opportunity to ask if they would be interested in doing an interview for Tales from the American Football League.  I had just such an experience recently when I sent an interesting new RetroCard (more on those in a future post!) to former Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Tom Flores. read more