What Did You Ask Lance Alworth?

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Back on August 19, I posted a story called What Would You Ask Lance Alworth? which was basically an opportunity for readers to post questions that I would then take and ask of the famed Chargers receiver.  Well, I met with Lance this week, and asked him a great many of your questions.  The results are in the interview above.  I’ll admit, I learned a few new things about Lance in this session myself.

I really enjoyed this exercise, and will definitely be employing it again in the future.  With whom?  Who knows?  That will be for another Tale from the American Football League!

Todd Tobias (788 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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11 Responses to What Did You Ask Lance Alworth?

  1. Mako says:

    Thank you Todd and thank you Mr. Alworth!

  2. TK says:

    1965 AFL Championship:

    Buffalo Bills 23

    San Diego Chargers 0

  3. billd says:

    Thanks Todd. Interesting that Lance named Willie Frazier as the most gifted athlete in the AFL. Willie, if he played today, would be the equivalent of Antonio Gates with all of the rule changes in today’s game.
    If I remember correctly, Lance did not play in the 1967 AFL vs NFL exhibitions due to an injury. Sid held Lance, Speedy Duncan and others out as he wanted them healthy for the regular season, whereas George Allen wanted to win to make a statement. Jeff Staggs was moved back to linebacker from TE because of all of the injuries. It was a disappointment to us AFL fans. In 1968 the Chargers and Lance drilled the Rams at a sold out San Diego Stadium.

  4. Rosie says:

    Thanks Todd. You and Lance were awesome. Listening to the Q & A with Lance reinforced not only what a terrific football player Lance was but person too. I can’t wait for the next session!

  5. L Andrew Bernheim says:

    I was a 16 year old at the Charger summer camp in 1969and was employed as a ball boy. Willie Frazier was at Irvine that summer playing for the Chargers. He was a grest guy and very kind and friendly to me. I saw him throw the football with either arm over 50 yards. I saw him kick the ball as if for a place kick ovrr 70 yards he wss a great athelete. That summer Pete Barnes was there and I was very friendly with him I called him ol buddy he called me young buddy..while at college he also was a great baseball player..

  6. 1967 says:

    A very enjoyable interview, Todd… thanks.


    Here’s some more Q’S for your next sit down, his comments on these WR’s:

    AFL – (Otis Taylor, Chris Burford, Don Maynard, George Sauer, Art Powell, Fred Biletnikoff, Warren Wells, Gary Garrsion, etc.

    NFL – Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens; any comments on old school guys from his day too like Charley Taylor, Ray Berry, Bobby Mitchell, etc.

    My favorite answer of Alworth’s from the interview: “neither” (in answer his preference in music, Beatles or Stones; “COUNTRY” : )


    Reading between the lines his inference, believe I can deduce where Lance would come from re: his take on the over-hyped beneficiaries rule changes, modern era football/WRs as it pertains to stat accumulation.

    Have said it before and will say it again: having watched football since the 1950’s, I’ve yet to see anyone better than Lance Alworth, or for that matter, several other WRs same who played in the AFL.

    Everything is better today my @%!… long live the AFL!

  7. That was really good, Todd. Thanks to both you and Mr. Alworth.

    I’d like to request that the next interview be with Otis Taylor. I understand he’s not in very good health these days. If it’s possible, and if he’s willing, I’d LOVE for O-Taylor to answer our questions.

  8. Mike Metzler says:

    Very nice interview. After 43 years, though, I still haven’t got my question answered. 🙁 Maybe next time.

  9. Rick Wigington says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. It’s nice to know that one of my all time favorite players is such a good guy. Great sense of humor, too. If you do this again, Todd, please ask Lance to tell a Sid Gillman story. He was one of the most entertaining coaches when miked during games along with Stram and Saban. My sister got to know Sid and his wife when he was working for the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL. When she told me that, I freaked out and said, “Do you have any idea who Sid Gilliam is!?!” I then explained what an influence he was on pro football.

  10. Kevin Carroll says:

    Todd and Lance, thanks for a great interview! Mr. Alworth’s high personal regard for Al Davis reveals that there was a lot more to the man than just his public personna of “just win, Baby!” I also applaud Mr. Alworth’s assessment of the pro game today; namely, too many penalty flags and rule changes that take the game out of the players’ hands and into the hands of the officials.

    I saw Lance Alworth play many times on television and once live against the Jets in New York. I don’t believe there was ever a better receiver in pro football or a bigger threat as a runner after he made the catch.

    I eagerly await your next interview.

  11. 1967 says:

    Lance mentioned Willie Frazier as being the best athlete he’d seen in the AFL; sadly, Frazier has passed away:


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