Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote his 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.
You have brightened my life! I was at the first Raider-Texans game at Kezar…free tickets courtesy of my mother who had entered a name the team contest after Chet Soda was lambasted for naming them the Oakland Senors…Gawdaful.
My older brother was a Namath and Jets fan, so I had to root for the rival Raiders. I still have the Sports Illustrated Poster of Ben Davidson. The shot was taken in a game against the Bengals at Nippert Stadium. I recently unearthed the 9 magnetic AFL mini-pennants that came with the vibrating football came I got for Christmas in 1967. Love the site! Great job!
Glad I found this site. Should be fun.
Ray Collins was the old pro with the Texans.Defensive tackle he played 11 years.The AFL years where the best for football.Ray Collins was my dad.After the Texans home games my brother and me would wait in the stands in the end zone and Dad would come and get us and we got to go in the locker room.The AFL years where great time.
I am a long time AFL fan. I was 14 in 1960 and my Dad and myself were regulars at the Oiler games in Jeppesen Stadium in the early days and we attended the first AFL Championship. A couple years ago I was looking in my Mom’s attic and found a box of game programs from those early years. I sold them on Ebay and got about a $100 for each one. The Championship program that first year brought $150. I wish I had another box full of those. This is a nice site here and I am glad I found it.
I look forward to this site. I loved the AFL. Exciting times and teams. I was there in 1963 when my team — the San Diego Chargers — won the AFL title. I’ve been a Charger fan since they came to San Diego. Lance Alworth and I are the same age. Even though I live in Morro Bay, I’m a season ticket holder and wear his jersey to the games.
I am really glad I found this site, as I am always looking for anything “AFL”. I constantly surf the web and save as favorites anything regarding the American Football League. I was 11 when the Chargers came to San Diego where I was raised and still live. I was at he 63′ All-Star game in Balboa Stadium game and I remember the winning TD to Art Powell for my West…but they have come to be my own ‘band of brothers’.
I was at the Grocery Bowl in Philly in 1961.The fans tore down the wooden posts at the end of the game and I went on the field and picked up a piece and saved it until I got married and had to clear out my things from home.
Growing up in Niagara Falls, Canada we were in Bills country. I enjoyed going to War Memorial Stadium (bit of a scary neighborhood in the 60’s)in Buffalo, but my heart was with the San Diego Chargers because of their pass catching star, Lance Alworth. To this very day he is the metric by which I judge all upcoming Receivers. I live in San Diego and hope one day to bump into him.
I was looking up an old friend of mine, Ben Agajanian, and was wondering if he’d been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, yet! I recall having worked with Ben, back
in 1992,(I believe). We were trying to get the Sports Writers to recognize Bens’accomplishments and all that he had initiated and done for the kicking game in professional football,back then! Can’t believe that it’s been some 22 years, and he’s STILL not being recognized! A sucessful field goal attempt, can mean the difference between a win or loss of game. How many NFL games have been won by Three points? I guess the importance of a good kicker is still being under rated? I just pray that if he does make it to the NFL H.of F. it isn’t post humously!Happy Birthday Lorie A. Oct. 28…Hugs to Ben A.
One of my very favorite parts of Tales is the replies from the many and varied knowledgeable fans who find their way here!
This is GREAT testament to the exceptional, passionate work of Todd ,and ,of course, to the players and participants who made the AFL a living and breathing part of the game we all continue to enjoy !
Thank you very much for the kind words, Chris! This is a fun and knowledgeable community!