Frank Buncom and His Grandson

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Back in October I was asked by a local news station to meet Frank James Buncom IV, the grandson of the former Chargers and Bengals linebacker, and show him some memorabilia that pertained to his grandfather.  It was a wonderful experience to meet this young man, who is upholding his grandfather’s high standards by being an outstanding football player while maintaining a high grad point average, and being a very respectful young man.  The news clip aired in the Fall of 2012, but I was just recently able to view it.  I have a feeling that we will one day be hearing the name “Frank Buncom,” in NFL stadiums throughout the country.

If you would like to learn more about Frank Buncom, you can purchase the new book, Finding Frank; Full Circle in a Life Cut Short, by Buzz Ponce.



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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4 Responses to Frank Buncom and His Grandson

  1. Tim Tryjankowski says:

    Awesome ! seems like a great kid..great family..Thank You for your work in preserving stories and memories..and inspiring the next generation..your work is really making a difference !!! Go Bills !

  2. billd says:

    Thanks for posting. I also highly recommend Buzz Ponce’s book. It was an excellent read.

  3. Kevin R. says:

    As Tim says, Frank Buncom IV seems like a great kid. The Buncom family has much to be proud of. For many years I tried to find out information about Buncom, his career with the Chargers, and his untimely death with very little success. Your blog posts on Buzz Ponce’s book and this interview have really increased my interest in Buncom’s story as well as other AFL players. Keep up the good work, Todd!

  4. Great video ! ! One of the best aspects of covering high school football is interviewing players after the game. I always have a lot of fun with that, and the players and their families love it.

    I don’t think I’d ever heard of Frank Buncom II before this blog. The AFL was before my time, and I’ve always known a lot more about the players on offense. It’s been great learning about Buncom and his grandson. Buncom IV seems like a super kid.

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