1961 Dallas Texans season

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]

1961 Dallas Texans season
Head coachHank Stram
Home fieldCotton Bowl
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


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

Season schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1961 San Diego Chargers L 26–10
2 September 24, 1961 at Oakland Raiders W 42–35
3 October 1, 1961 Houston Oilers W 26–21
4 October 8, 1961 at Denver Broncos W 19–12
5 October 15, 1961 at Buffalo Bills L 27–24
6 October 22, 1961 at Houston Oilers L 38–7
7 October 29, 1961 Boston Patriots L 18–17
8 November 3, 1961 at Boston Patriots L 28–21
9 November 12, 1961 Buffalo Bills L 30–20
10 November 19, 1961 at San Diego Chargers L 24–14
11 November 26, 1961 Oakland Raiders W 43–11
12 December 3, 1961 at New York Titans L 28–7
13 December 10, 1961 Denver Broncos W 49–21
14 December 17, 1961 New York Titans W 35–24


AFL Western Division
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.


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

External links

List of Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterbacks

The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs are a member of the Western Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). Originally named the Dallas Texans, the club was founded by Lamar Hunt in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team moved to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs have had 37 different quarterbacks start at least one game in their franchise's history, 21 of which have started at least 10 games. Cotton Davidson was the team's first starting quarterback; he played all 14 games for the Texans in their inaugural 1960 season. Davidson played with the franchise from 1960 to 1962, and was traded in 1963 to the Oakland Raiders. Len Dawson signed with on July 2, 1962 and played for the franchise for 14 seasons. With Dawson as the team's starter, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player after the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV and retired in 1975 with several franchise records. Three quarterbacks currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame have started at least one game for Kansas City: Dawson, Joe Montana, and Warren Moon. In the 2008 season, the Chiefs started three quarterbacks: Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen. After Croyle and Huard were sidelined by injuries, Thigpen played in eleven games, winning one and losing ten. In 2009 and 2010, Matt Cassel started 15 of 16 games each season, while Croyle started the other 2 games.

Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
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Seasons (59)
Eastern Division
Western Division

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