1961 Dallas Texans Season
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1961 Dallas Texans Season

1961 Dallas Texans season
Head coachHank Stram
Home fieldCotton Bowl
Results
Record6-8
Division place2nd AFL Western
Playoff finishDid not qualify
AFL All-StarsHB Abner Haynes
LB Sherrill Headrick
TE Chris Burford
QB Cotton Davidson
DT Paul Rochester

The 1961 Dallas Texans season was the 2nd season for the Dallas Texans as a professional AFL franchise; They finished the season with a 6-8 record and second-place finish in the AFL Western Conference.

The club moved its training camp to Lamar Hunt's alma mater of Southern Methodist University and started the regular season at 3-1 before hitting a six-game losing skid, the longest such streak of head coach Hank Stram's tenure with the franchise. One of those losses was a 28-21 decision in a Friday night contest at Boston (11/3) which featured a bizarre ending as a raincoat-clad fan knocked down a potential game-tying TD from Cotton Davidson to Chris Burford on the game's final play. The team rebounded to claim wins in three of its final four contests to finish 6-8, marking the club's second straight finish behind the Chargers in the AFL West standings.[1]

Draft

Round Player Position College
1 E.J. HolubE.J. Holub 1 Center Texas Tech
2 Bob LillyBob Lilly Tackle TCU
3 Jim TyrerJim Tyrer 1,2 Tackle Ohio State
4 Claude MoormanClaude Moorman Offensive End Duke
5 Jerry MaysJerry Mays 1,2 Tackle Southern Methodist
7 Fred ArbanasFred Arbanas 1,2 Offensive End Michigan State
8 John O'DayJohn O'Day Tackle Miami
9 Dick MillsDick Mills Tackle Pittsburgh
10 Jerry DanielsJerry Daniels Tackle Mississippi
11 Marvin TibbetsMarvin Tibbets Halfback Georgia Tech
12 Paul HynesPaul Hynes Halfback Louisiana Tech
13 Glynn GregoryGlynn Gregory Halfback Southern Methodist
14 Curtis McClintonCurtis McClinton 1,3 Halfback Kansas
15 Ed NuttingEd Nutting Tackle Georgia Tech
15 Roy Lee RamboRoy Lee Rambo Guard TCU
16 Aaron ThomasAaron Thomas Offensive End Oregon State
17 Jarrell WilliamsJarrell Williams Halfback Arkansas
18 Ron HartlineRon Hartline Fullback Oklahoma
19 Frank JacksonFrank Jackson Halfback Southern Methodist
20 Bob LaneBob Lane Offensive End Baylor
21 Dick ThorntonDick Thornton Quarterback Northwestern
22 Ed SharockmanEd Sharockman Halfback Pittsburgh
23 Lou ZivkovichLou Zivkovich Tackle New Mexico State
24 Pat DyePat Dye Guard Georgia
25 Ray RamseyRay Ramsey Quarterback Adams State
26 Danny HouseDanny House Halfback Davidson
27 Bob SchloredtBob Schloredt Quarterback Washington
28 Bill StineBill Stine Guard Michigan
29 Lonnie CaddellLonnie Caddell Fullback Rice
30 Cedric PriceCedric Price Offensive End Kansas State

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 10 San Diego Chargers L 10-26 0-1 Cotton Bowl
24,500
Recap
2 Bye
3 September 24 at Oakland Raiders W 42-35 1-1 Candlestick Park
6,700
Recap
4 October 1 Houston Oilers W 26-21 2-1 Cotton Bowl
28,000
Recap
5 October 8 at Denver Broncos W 19-12 3-1 Bears Stadium
14,500
Recap
6 October 15 at Buffalo Bills L 24-27 3-2 War Memorial Stadium
20,678
Recap
7 October 22 at Houston Oilers L 7-38 3-3 Jeppesen Stadium
23,228
Recap
8 October 29 Boston Patriots L 17-18 3-4 Cotton Bowl
20,500
Recap
9 November 3 at Boston Patriots L 21-28 3-5 Boston University Field
25,063
Recap
10 November 12 Buffalo Bills L 20-30 3-6 Cotton Bowl
15,000
Recap
11 November 19 at San Diego Chargers L 14-24 3-7 Balboa Stadium
33,788
Recap
12 November 26 Oakland Raiders W 43-11 4-7 Cotton Bowl
14,500
Recap
13 December 3 at New York Titans L 7-28 4-8 Polo Grounds
14,117
Recap
14 December 10 Denver Broncos W 49-21 5-8 Cotton Bowl
8,000
Recap
15 December 17 New York Titans W 35-24 6-8 Cotton Bowl
12,500
Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers 12 2 0 .857 6-0 396 219 L1
Dallas Texans 6 8 0 .429 4-2 334 343 W2
Denver Broncos 3 11 0 .214 1-5 251 432 L7
Oakland Raiders 2 12 0 .143 1-5 237 458 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References

  1. ^ Kansas City Chiefs History 1960s Archived April 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine KCChiefs.com

External links


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