Speedy & Herb Duncan Highlights!

Here is an interesting video.  Someone put together this piece interchanging Speedy Duncan highlights with highlights of his son, Herb Duncan, playing for the Arizona Rattlers, an arena league team.  Duncan was a great defensive back for the Chargers, but was better known as a fantastic kick and punt returner.  It is interesting to see the similarities in Speedy & Herb’s running styles.  Enjoy!



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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.

9 Responses to Speedy & Herb Duncan Highlights!

  1. 1967 says:

    Still vividly recall Kansas City weatherman Fred Broski’s quote during the week leading up to a game played October 15, 1967, Chiefs vs Chargers in San Diego.

    Commenting on expected colder than normal temperatures forecast for game time, Broski told local KC fans: “don’t worry folks, the Chiefs will go out to San Diego and push up the temperature a little bit.”

    By the time it was 45-17 Chargers, I was convinced Fred’s forecast was errant, courtesy the Chiefs main tormentor that day, Leslie ‘Speedy’ Duncan. For his part, Speedy almost single-handedly wrecked my defending AFL Champion heroes – a 100 yard interception return touchdown, a 35 yard fumble return touchdown (both tds shown on the highlights provided above), and Speedy also set up another score with a long punt return (legend has it he also led the band at halftime & drove the new 1968 model year Dodge Charger that was on display at the then brand new San Diego Stadium.)

    I still hate you, Speedy (which means this thence teenage boy wished you had been a Kansas City Chief instead : )

  2. Kevin Carroll says:

    Great clip on a truly exceptional defender and return man. Seeing it is a vivid reminder of how wide-open and exciting those AFL games were.

    • billd says:

      Great clip. Speedy does not get enough credit for his defensive back play. Sid had a lot of good corners (Farr, Westmoreland, Warren, Howard, Harris, Beauchamp) but Speedy probably was by far the most talented . Most Charger fans probably forget that Speedy was traded to Washington prior to 1971 where he spent four productive years. George Allen could recognize talent.

      • Wow, thanks for reminding me that Duncan played for the 1972 Redskins. I really don’t recall reading about him doing anything noteworthy, but that was five years before I started following football. From childhood, I’ve known about Charley Taylor, Larry Brown, Charlie Harraway, Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer, Roy Jefferson, Mike Bass, Bill Brundidge, Chris Hanburger, etc., etc. I’ll have to revisit that season and see what Duncan did.

        If I’m correct, the ’72 Redskins also had Alvin Haymond, another notable kick returner. As with Duncan, I don’t know of Haymond doing anything noteworthy. I’ll have to look into that, too.

  3. Yes, Speedy Duncan was electric. I basically knew who he was, but I REALLY DIDN’T KNOW until I saw this clip. MAN did he have some moves ! ! !

    Speaking of Alvin Haymond, I know about him because I read about him as a kid. He was in a chapter of a school library book about exciting football players from the ’60’s. In Haymond’s heyday, he played for the Colts, Eagles, and Rams.

    R. C. “Alley Oop” Owens was in that book, too. Owens did some amazing things for the 49ers and Colts. I wonder how Duncan, Haymond, and Owens compare with each other.

  4. Tom says:

    In 1969 LA Rams head coach George Allen hired Dick Vermeil and made him the NFL’s first ever Special Teams coach. At the time Vermeil was quoted as saying “The Rams aquiring Alvin Haymond from Baltimore was huge ” Alvin is the greatest return man in football” maybe the greatest ever”. As good as Alvin was I’m not certain he was better than Speedy, although both had some things in common, They were born in August of 1942 and played for SWAC schools in college Speedy at Jackson State and Alvin at Southern. both later would play in DC for George Allen.
    There is a very famous Life Magazine cover photo of Alvin Haymond from December 3 1971, the cover article is titled “Suicide Squad.” Alvin then with the rams is number 23 and is pictured helmetless after loosing his helmet colliding with the Colts return man Charlie Pittman.

    As the film clip reveals Speedy Duncan was one player, worth the price of admission

    RC “Alley Oop” Owens was the second best reciever on his Sant Monica High School football team AD Williams was considered superior, AD would attend COP and was drafted by the LA Rams, and got a cup of coffee. RC gained fame with YA in SF for his jumping ability as a former basketball star and the alley oop play where YA would throw it high and RC would go up high over the db and complete the Alley Oop play.

    Mention and comparison was made of Speedy to Bobby Howard, Bobby was used to being compared, he had two older brothers, both were out of this world athletes as good as the country ever prouced, Junior Howard and John Howard. As good as Bobby was and even after 14 years in the pros Bobby was never considered to be quite be as good as his older brothers, even though Junior and John never played a day as pros.

    • Tom says:

      One correction from my first comment and Dick Vermiel’s praise of Alvin Haymond, The Rams acquired Haymond from the Eagles not the Colts, part of the disastrous Izzy Lang for Harold Jackson deal. Irv Cross went back to Philly in the deal. Also the former Clemson player Walt Sweeney referenced in an earlier Tales of the AFL interview that Sweeney met and played with in the Chicago College All Star game was also included in that swap. As Sweeney didn’t mention him by name I won’t either.

  5. PeterS says:

    Speedy Duncan’s stats at Pro-Football-Reference.com

    Herb Duncan’s stats at Arenafan.com

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