When Sid Was Caesar

sid gillman and todd tobias

My AFL life began in 1998, when I started researching my master’s thesis on Sid Gillman.  I recall one of the first things that I did to gather information for the project was to go to the Chargers archives and the San Diego Hall of Champions, pull the “Sid Gillman” files, and photocopy everything that they contained.  This article (see below) by Sports Illustrated’s Paul Zimmerman was one of the first articles to really give me an idea of Gillman’s influence not only on the AFL, but also on the entire professional football world.

Sid Gillman was a wonder.  I met him when he was in his late 80s, and he was still reviewing film for five or six NFL teams.  In fact, I was at his home one day when he asked me to help him set up a new video machine that he had purchased to review film.  He actually knew how to set the darned thing up himself, but needed me to move a few heavy pieces of furniture so that he could run the cables.  Looking back, that was a great time, and one that I am thankful that I appreciated while it was happening, and not just in hindsight.

The article is question is called, When Sid Was Caesar, and it can be found HERE.

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.


3 Responses to When Sid Was Caesar

  1. Erik says:

    Great read Todd! Thanks for posting it.

  2. Eddie Arminio says:

    Football wise, I think he was years ahead of his fellow coaches, but like plenty of those old time general managers, he threw nickels around like they were manhole covers.

  3. billd says:

    Great article. Was not aware that Charger players were working construction at Balboa Stadium when the upper deck was added. It does not surprise me given the salaries of the day.

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