In what has become known as one of the most comical plays in AFL history, a fan snuck out of the crowd and batted down a potential game-winning pass in a 1961 game between the Boston Patriots and Dallas Texans. Perhaps the greatest thing about this play was that it was captured perfectly on film, preserved for generations of football fans. Chris Burford and Chuck Shonta, the receiver and defender in this play, are both subscribers to Tales from the American Football League. Perhaps they will weigh in on this bit of AFL history…
Fan Interference! 1961 Patriots vs. Texans
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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.