Chris Burford’s Big Day

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On Friday, October 12, 1962, in a game between the Dallas Texans and Boston Patriots, receiver Chris Burford hauled in 10 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown.  For his efforts, Burford was awarded a game ball.  When I met with Burford recently, he showed me the ball, which displays neatly in his home office.  Below is the game summary from that game (via, which the Texans won by a score of 27-7.

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burford ball

burford ball

burford ball

Dallas Texans 27, Boston Patriots 7

1 2 3 4 Final
Dallas Texans (4-1-0) 3 7 0 17 27
Boston Patriots (3-2-0) 0 0 7 0 7
DTX Tommy Brooker 33 yard field goal 3 0
DTX Abner Haynes 2 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick) 10 0
BOS Larry Garron 44 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick) 10 7
DTX Abner Haynes 63 yard pass from Len Dawson (Tommy Brooker kick) 17 7
DTX Tommy Brooker 34 yard field goal 20 7
DTX Chris Burford 31 yard pass from Len Dawson (Tommy Brooker kick) 27 7

Notable performances:

Dallas Texans Len Dawson – 17-31-306-2-2 pass Chris Burford – 10-171-1 rec

First downs 17 14
Rush-yards-TDs 31-112-1 23-63-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 17-31-306-2-2 17-32-253-1-2
Sacked-yards 1-4 0-0
Net pass yards 302 253
Total yards 414 316
Fumbles-lost 0-0 6-3
Turnovers 2 5
Penalties-yards 4-20 2-20
Todd Tobias (789 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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2 Responses to Chris Burford’s Big Day

  1. Chris is the epitome of a true American Football League star.

  2. Sounds like it was quite a game: two 3-1 teams facing off in Boston, with the Texans only up 10-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter. And of course, the game was a stepping stone in the quest for the 1962 AFL Championship 🙂

    It’s been good to learn more about Chris and his career on this site.

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