Category Archives: Oakland Raiders

AFL Legend Babe Parilli Passes Away

Babe Parilli, a quarterback who had and excellent career in the AFL with the Raiders, Patriots and Jets, after playing his first five seasons in the NFL, passed away today at the age of 87.  The Patriots website posted an article on Parilli.

Former Patriots QB Vito ‘Babe’ Parilli Passed Away

A New AFL Season is Nearly Upon Us

It has not been an easy off-season for fans of the American Football League.  With the equivalent of a sneaking out in the night and leaving a note on the pillow, the Chargers moved to Los Angeles after 56 years in San Diego.  Shortly thereafter, the Raiders announced that they will be moving to Las Vegas for the 2019 season.  Some of our favorites left us for the great sideline in the sky, most recently 10-year AFL player and Super Bowl III winner, Larry Grantham. read more

Ben Davidson Scares the Boogeyman

Here is a little Oakland Raiders fun since we are getting back into the swing of the AFL.  This is a project my son put together for his freshman graphic design class.  I loved it!

boogeyman

George Blanda Video

George Blanda was one of the great stories of professional football.  Twenty-six years in the AFL & NFL will do that.  But not only did Blanda endure, he succeeded and late in his career, inspired 40-somethings all over the country with his physical exploits while playing against men literally half his age.  While the video above doesn’t necessarily focus strictly on the AFL, Blanda talks about some of his inspirations, and what football meant to him. 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