Category Archives: Oakland Raiders

AFL Legend Billy Cannon Passes Away

The first major rookie signing of the AFL, Billy Cannon, has passed away. Cannon was the 1958 Heisman Trophy winner at LSU, and was highly sought by both AFL and NFL teams. Cannon signed with both the Rams of the NFL and Houston Oilers of the AFL, leading to a legal affair the result of which found Cannon playing in the AFL. He went on to play all 10 seasons of the league, splitting time between the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders. read more

The First AFL Draft

For decades there has been mystery surrounding the first AFL draft. How was it done? What was the order? Trades? And on and on…

Oakland Raiders’ team historian Jerry Knaack has recently tackled the historic event and posted his work on the Raiders website. Rather than try to summarize or make up Cliffs Notes to what may be the most convoluted draft in sports history, I will simply post the link for you all to enjoy! read more

Tom Flores Talks AFL

Our friends at the Talk of Fame Network have been pumping the AFL very hard recently, and are putting out a lot of great content.  They recently started a five-piece podcast with legendary Raiders quarterback and Head Coach, Tom Flores.  The first segment covers Flores becoming the first Hispanic-American quarterback in professional football, an event that occurred on September 11, 1960. The second segment revolves around Super Bowl IV, when Flores was a back up to Len Dawson in Kansas City. read more

Art Powell: A Deserving Hall of Fame Candidate

The Pro Football Hall of Fame senior’s committee made their nomination last week for the HoF Class of 2018, and again the AFL was passed by.  Johnny Robinson, Winston Hill, John Hadl, Jim Tyrer, Walt Sweeney, Fred Arbanas, and many others likely didn’t even come up in discussion.

Still, there are grumblings out there, and our AFL legends are not being completely forgotten.   Ron Borges, a member of the hall of fame’s senior’s committee and The Talk of Fame Sports Network, recently penned (Keyed?  Typed?) a very compelling article for Art Powell, the legendary receiver who spent the bulk of his career with the New York Titans and Oakland Raiders.  As Borges illustrates, Powell should be remembered not only for his excellence on the gridiron, but also for his bravery in standing up against the bigotry and segregation that was so prevalent in the 1960s, and on full display when Powell’s teams played exhibition games in the South. 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