Tomorrow is the vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. There are two AFL members that are finalists on this year's ballot, former Raiders QB Tom Flores and Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson. Although he was the Raiders first quarterback, Flores is likely better-known for his time as head coach of the Raiders when he led them to two Super Bowl victories. Johnny Robinson is the lone senior candidate and thought of by many as the most talented player in the senior pool of nominees. Whatever belief system you have, please put forward good vibes for these two gentlemen. Say a prayer, kiss the Blarney Stone, raise a toast, toss a coin in a fountain, or whatever else you can think of doing that might help get our guys the recognition they so deserve. Johnny Robinson and Tom Flores at lunch together at a Super Bowl function on January 31.
Hello AFL Fans! At this point you have likely heard that on Friday, former Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson was chosen as the senior nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Johnny will still be subject to the full voting process in February 2019. However, Johnny is the sole senior nominee this year, and as the Hall of Fame has not had an inductee class that did not include at least one senior nominee since 1976, his chances look very good. Our campaign for Johnny began in February 2018, with a text discussion between myself and Johnny's stepson, Bob Thompson, and developed into a six-month process during which we generated the petition on this website and attempted to connect with as many media members as possible to spread Johnny's story. Dale Stram (Hank's son) was instrumental in helping us make connections. Johnny's teammates and opponents gave us their input. Lance Alworth and Jan Stenerud participated in interviews. Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier spoke with voters. The media jumped in with articles and podcasts. AFL fans from around the country wrote letters to the Hall of Fame and signed the petition to show support. The success that we have had thus far has truly been an AFL community effort. [...]
Hello AFL Fans, It has been a while since I sent out an update on our campaign to get Chiefs' legend Johnny Robinson inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We started off earlier this year with a simple petition that was placed on our website. We encourage everyone to not only sign the petition, but also to share it with your contacts lists, message boards and fans groups. We need to get this petition in front of as many eyeballs as possible: JOHNNY ROBINSON PETITION To date we have nearly 1,200 signatures on the petition. I feel that we need a minimum of 5,000 when we turn over the results to members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Senior Committee on August 1, so please SIGN and SHARE! We have also been collecting quotes of support from Johnny't teammates, opponents and football authors & historians. A few recent highlights would be: Johnny Robinson was fantastic. There's no doubt about it. When you watched him against the receivers on your team, and saw the respect they afforded him, you quickly understood how great a player he was. - Bob Talamini, Oilers, Raiders & Jets Guard 1960-1968 Johnny Robinson, as one of the great defensive backs in pro football history, deserves [...]
Last week I read a nice piece on the Boston Patriots' Bob Dee that had been forwarded to me by a Tales reader. This wee that same site posted a new article on Dee's linemate, Jim Lee "Earthquake" Hunt. Hunt was often overlooked in a line up that featured Dee, Houston Antwine and Larry "Wildman" Eisenhauer, but his play ranks him up with the best of the AFL's defensive linemen. A 10-year player, Hunt was not a stereotypical lineman in size, standing just 5'11" tall and weighing in at 255 lbs. However, his play answered any questions that his stature might raise. "Earthquake" was a four-time AFL All-Star and four-time Second Team All-Pro. New England Patriots of the Past: Jim Lee Hunt
The first major rookie signing of the AFL, Billy Cannon, has passed away. Cannon was the 1958 Heisman Trophy winner at LSU, and was highly sought by both AFL and NFL teams. Cannon signed with both the Rams of the NFL and Houston Oilers of the AFL, leading to a legal affair the result of which found Cannon playing in the AFL. He went on to play all 10 seasons of the league, splitting time between the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders. ESPN - Billy Cannon