Category Archives: Kansas City Chiefs

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#202 – Johnny Robinson

The Johnny Robinson hall of fame campaign is off to a good start, but has a long way to go before we turn over the numbers to the Hall of Fame Senior Committee in August. We have close to 500 signatures on the petition at the moment, and media members in Kansas City have started to take notice and promise articles in the near future. If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now. Johnny Robinson is an incredibly-deserving candidate, and I am hopeful that if he gets in, there will be more discussion about other AFL’ers who have thus far been overlooked. read more

Johnny Robinson for the Pro Football Hall of Fame!!!

Hello Tales Readers,

We are doing something new and exciting.  We have posted a petition to Tales that supports Johnny Robinson for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and are going to be spreading the word far, wide and repeatedly, between now and the next voting session this coming summer.  Before the voters gather to select their next round of Veteran Nominees, the results of the petition will be shared with members of the committee, and they will be shown just how many people believe that Johnny Robinson DESERVES induction. read more

Talk of Fame Network – Otis Taylor for Hall of Fame?

Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge get it.  They are all longtime football writers, and all three have hall of fame votes.  Fortunately for us, they appreciate the history of the AFL as well.  Recently on their site, the Talk of Fame Network, Rick Gosselin posted an article titled State Your Case: Why WR Otis Taylor Deserves a Look from Canton.

The summary as stated by a HoF voter?  Otis Taylor deserves enshrinement… as do Charlie Hennigan and Lionel Taylor. read more

Celebrating Dave Grayson

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Dave Grayson, the AFL’s career interception leader, passed away on Saturday, July 29.  A memorial service was held for him today in his hometown of San Diego.   Grayson graduated from San Diego’s Lincoln High School, the same school that produced Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis.  From there he went to San Diego City College and then University of Oregon, before beginning his professional career with the Dallas Texans in 1961.  Grayson moved with the Texans to Kansas City, where he stayed through 1964, when he was traded to the Oakland Raiders for Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.  His last game in professional football was in 1970, still with the Raiders. read more

An Interview with the Chiefs Noland Smith

The Kansas City Chiefs of the late 1960s were one of the dominant teams in AFL history.  They had future Hall of Fame members on offense, defense, and special teams.  Their owner and head coach have busts in Canton, and one could argue that the induction of at least four other team members is long overdue.

Mixed up in all of that greatness was an outstanding kick returner as well.  Standing just 5’5″ among the greats of the game, it is understandable how Noland Smith may be overlooked.  But he proved on many occasions that he deserved a spot alongside his massive teammates.  In his short, 39-game career, Smith led the AFL in yards-per-kick-off-return (1967) and yards-per-punt-return (1968).  He had a 106-yard kick off return for a touchdown as a rookie, and returned a punt for 80 yards and six points the following year.  He led the AFL in both kick off & punt returns, and in kick off & punt return yardage in 1967. read more