The Incredible Wahoo McDaniel

Autographed 1967 Topps Wahoo McDaniel

I have said it before, but one of the things that made the American Football League great was the interesting characters that would up in AFL uniforms.  Rattlesnake charmer, Dennit Morris; Ernie “The Giant Cat” Ladd; Cookie Gilchrist; Larry “Wildman” Eisenhauer, and the list goes on and on.

One of the greatest of AFL characters was the legendary Wahoo McDaniel, guard, linebacker, wrestler, and all-around interesting human being.  I stumbled upon an excellent piece about McDaniel by a writer named G. Neri.  The piece touches on Wahoo’s football career, but also talks about what made Wahoo become Wahoo.

Wahoo! The Incredible Adventures of Chief Wahoo McDaniel: Wrestling Superstar

Todd Tobias (790 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.

One Response to The Incredible Wahoo McDaniel

  1. Eddie Arminio says:

    I knew Wahoo McDaniel wrestled in the off season,but I never realized what an all around athlete he was.Seems like he led a very interesting life. I still remember seeing just the name WAHOO on the back of his AFL game jersey. He was way ahead of his time. A tough run stopping linebacker, who would be good in any era.

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