1962 American Football League draft

1962 American Football League draft
General information
Date(s)December 2, 1961
Overview
272 total selections in 34 rounds
LeagueAFL
First selectionRoman Gabriel, QB
Oakland Raiders
Mr. IrrelevantPhil Lohman, C
San Diego Chargers
Hall of Famers3
= Pro Bowler [1] = AFL All-Star [2] = Hall of Famer

Boston Patriots draft picks (selected sixth)

Round Player Position College
1 Gary Collins End Maryland
2 LeRoy Jackson Halfback Western Illinois
3 Sherwyn Thorson Guard Iowa
4 Pick traded to Houston
5 Pick traded to Dallas
6 Billy Neighbors Tackle Alabama
7 John Schopf Tackle Michigan
8 Bennie McRae Halfback Michigan
9 Bill Triplett Fullback Miami (Ohio)
10 John Knight Halfback Valparaiso
11 Pick traded to Buffalo
12 Pick traded to Oakland
13 Nick Buoniconti Guard Notre Dame
14 Charles Sieminski* Tackle Penn State
15 Gerry Goerlitz Guard Northern Michigan
16 Ken Byers Guard Cincinnati
17 Scott Maentz End Michigan
18 Tom Chandler Tackle Florida A&M
19 Ron Meyers End Villanova
20 Tom Neck Halfback LSU
21 John Traynham Halfback VMI
22 Bob Asack Tackle Columbia
23 Walt Crate Halfback Penn Military
24 Don Christman Center Richmond
25 Bob Stem Center Syracuse
26 Jim Field* Quarterback LSU
27 Al Gursky* Halfback Penn State
28 Charles Dickerson* Tackle Illinois
29 Julius Fincke* Tackle McNeese State
30 John Finn* Tackle Louisville
31 Mike Ingram* Guard Ohio State
32 Charles Taylor* Halfback Mississippi
33 Steve Jastrzembski* End Pittsburgh
34 Ray Lardani* Tackle Miami (Florida)

Buffalo Bills draft picks (selected fourth)

Round Player Position College
1 Ernie Davis Halfback Syracuse
2 Glenn Glass Halfback Tennessee
3 John Elwell End Purdue
4 Pick traded to Dallas
5 Tom Dellinger Halfback North Carolina State
6 Dave Viti End Boston University
7 Jim LeCompte Guard North Carolina
8 Paul White Halfback Florida
9 Bill Saul Center Penn State
10 Amos Bullocks Halfback Southern Illinois
11 Jerry Croft Guard Bowling Green
11 Tom Pennington (from Boston) End Georgia
12 Pick traded to Oakland
13 Ron Gassert (from Dallas) Tackle Virginia
13 Mike Stratton End Tennessee
14 Ron Scufca* Tackle Purdue
15 Roger Kochman* Halfback Penn State
16 Frank Imperiale Tackle Southern Illinois
17 Tom Sestak End McNeese State
18 Joe Kehoe End Virginia (VOIDED) Carolina
19 Bill Johnson Linebacker Southeast Louisiana
20 Sam Tidmore End Ohio State
21 Carey Henley Halfback Chattanooga
22 Tom Hall End Minnesota
23 Ray Abruzzese Halfback Alabama
24 Stan Sczurek Guard Purdue
25 Dave Gash* End Kentucky
26 Ed Reynolds* Tackle Tulane
27 Claude Crabb* Halfback Colorado
28 Roy Walker* Fullback Purdue
29 Jim Beaver* Guard Florida
30 Cody Binkley* Center Vanderbilt
31 Jim Collier* End Arkansas
32 Ken Erickson* End Syracuse
33 Tony Parilli* Guard Illinois
34 Ben Charles* Quarterback USC

Dallas Texans draft picks (selected third)

Round Player Position College
1 Ronnie Bull Halfback Baylor
2 Bill Miller End Miami (Florida)
3 Eddie Wilson Quarterback Arizona
4 Charles Hinton Tackle North Carolina College
4 Irv Goode (from Buffalo) Center Kentucky
5 Bobby Plummer Tackle TCU
5 Bobby Ply (from New York) Quarterback Baylor
5 Bill Hull (from Boston) End Wake Forest
6 Al Hinton End Iowa
7 Pick traded to San Diego
8 Larry Bowie Tackle Purdue
9 Dick Mills Tackle Pittsburgh
10 Jimmy Saxton Halfback Texas
11 Bobby Hunt (from Oakland) Defensive back Auburn
11 Guy Reese Tackle SMU
12 Bobby Thompson Halfback Arizona
13 Pick traded to Buffalo
14 Bookie Bolin* Guard Mississippi
15 Dave Graham* Tackle Virginia
16 Pettis Norman End John Smith
17 Tommy Brooker End Alabama
18 Joe Carollo Tackle Notre Dame
19 Lee Welch Halfback Mississippi State
20 Mike Semcheski Guard Lehigh
21 Kent Martin* Tackle Wake Forest
22 Jim Bernhardt Tackle Linfield
23 Russ Foret Tackle Georgia Tech
24 Pat Trammell Quarterback Alabama
25 John Burrell End Rice
26 Walt Rappold* Quarterback Duke
27 Scott Tyler* Halfback Miami (Ohio)
28 Jim Thrush* Tackle Xavier
29 Ed Ryan* Halfback Michigan State
30 Don Goodman* Halfback Florida
31 Everisto Nino* Tackle East Texas State
32 Joel Arrington* Halfback Duke
33 Jack Wilson* Halfback Duke
34 Rodger Shoals* Center Maryland

Denver Broncos draft picks (selected second)

Round Player Position College
1 Merlin Olsen Tackle Utah State
2 Jerry Hillebrand End Colorado
3 Charles Holmes Fullback Maryland State
4 John Furman Quarterback Texas Western
5 Pick traded to San Diego
6 Pick traded to San Diego
7 John McGeever Halfback Auburn
8 Elbert Harris Halfback Southeast Louisiana
9 Larry Jepson Center Furman
10 Gale Weidner Quarterback Colorado
11 Mike Cline Guard Oregon State
12 Pick traded to New York
13 Bob Cegelski Center Montana State
14 Sonny Gibbs* Quarterback TCU
15 Bill Louden Guard Benedict College
16 Gary Ballman Halfback Michigan State
17 Jerry Tarr End Oregon
18 Pete Schenk End Washington State
20 Mike Martin End Washington State
21 Jim Perkins Tackle Colorado
22 Don Kasso Halfback Oregon State
23 Ken Tureaud Halfback Michigan
24 Neil Thomas Guard Hillsdale
25 Dave Edwards End Auburn
26 Jim Roberts* Tackle Mississippi
27 Andrew Von Sonn* Center UCLA
28 Paul Holmes* Tackle Georgia
29 Lynn Hoyem* Center Long Beach State
30 Walter Mince* Halfback Arizona
31 Bill Williamson* Tackle Bakersfield JC
32 Vester Flanagan* Tackle Humboldt State
33 Duane Allen* End Mount St. Andrew's College
34 Steve Stonebreaker* End Detroit

Houston Oilers draft picks (selected seventh)

Round Player Position College Released/Career Ending
1 Bryson Fry Running back Cincinnati 272 Yards In The Senior Bowl At Soldier Field
2 Earl Gros Fullback Louisiana State
3 Pete Case Tackle Georgia Injured in pre-season vs Patriots
4 Gary Cutsinger (from Boston) Defensive end Oklahoma State
4 Pick traded to San Diego
5 Bill Rice End Alabama
6 Ray Pinion Guard Texas Christian
7 Gus Gonzales Guard Tulane
8 Clyde Brock Defensive tackle Utah State
9 Larry Onesti Linebacker Northwestern Released
10 Bob Moses End Texas-Austin
11 John Thomas Guard McMurry
12 Jack Collins Halfback Texas-Austin
13 Royce Cassell End New Mexico State Injured In 1962 Rose Bowl
14 Glynn Griffing* Quarterback Mississippi
15 Ken Shaffer Tackle Marquette
16 Billy Ray Adams Fullback Mississippi Released
17 Bill Miller Defensive tackle New Mexico Highlands
18 Art Perkins Halfback North Texas State
19 Bobby Jancik Defensive back Lamar Tech
20 Joe Bob Isbell Guard Houston
21 Roland Jackson Fullback Rice
22 Ken Bolin Halfback Houston
23 Bill Van Buren Center Iowa
24 Boyd Melvin Tackle Northwestern Released
25 Bob Johnson Tackle Rice
26 Harold Hays* Guard Mississippi Southern
27 Roger McFarland* Halfback Kansas
28 Gary Henson* End Colorado
29 Ron Osborne* Tackle Clemson
30 Bob Clemens* Halfback Pittsburgh
31 Al Kimbrough* Halfback Northwestern
32 Bernie Wyatt* Halfback Iowa
33 Al Lerderle* End Georgia Tech
34 Don Talbert* Tackle Texas Placed On Physically Unable To Perform List

New York Titans draft picks

New York Titans (selected fifth)
 1) Sandy Stephens, QB, Minnesota
 2) Alex Kroll, C, Rutge
 3) Fate Echols, T, Northwestern
 4) Ed Blaine, G, Missouri
 5) Pick traded to Dallas
 6) Mel Mellin, QB, Washington State
 7) George Mans, E, Michigan
 8) John Lomakoski, T, Western Michigan
 9) Gary Barnes, E, Clemson
10) Ted Stute, LB, Ohio University
11) Curtis Miranda, C, Florida A&M
12) Bill Winter, T, West Virginia (from Denver)
12) Pick traded to San Diego
13) Wilburn Hollis, QB, Iowa
14) Bert Wilder*, T, North Carolina State
15) Sam Madie, HB, Rutgers
16) Jim Smith, T, Penn State
17) Allen Miller, G, Ohio University
18) Buddy Iles, E, TCU
19) Reed Bohovich, T, Lehigh
20) Judge Dickson, FB, Minnesota
21) Ron Hatcher, FB, Michigan State
22) Tom Nolan, T, Penn Military
23) John Kuprok, E, Pittsburgh
24) John Counts, HB, Illinois
25) Russ Warren, HB, Columbia
26) Chuck Morris*, HB, Mississippi
27) Jerry Archer*, C, Pittsburgh State
28) Walter Nikirk*, T, Houston
29) Frank Parker*, T, Oklahoma State
30) Mike McClellan*, HB, Oklahoma
31) L. E. Hicks*, T, Florida
32) Don Jonas*, HB, Penn State
33) Nick Maravich*, T, North Carolina State
34) Dick Wilson*, C, Penn State 

San Diego Chargers draft picks (selected eighth)

Round # Pick # Player Position College
1 8 Bob Ferguson Fullback Ohio State
2 9 Lance Alworth (from Oakland) Flanker Arkansas
2 16 Dick Hudson Tackle Memphis
3 24 John Hadl Quarterback Kansas
4 31 Bob Bill (from Houston) Tackle Notre Dame
4 32 Mack Burton Halfback San Jose State
5 34 Bob Mitinger (from Denver) Linebacker Penn State
5 40 John Cornett Tackle Rice
6 42 Roy Winston (from Denver) Linebacker Louisiana State
6 48 Frank Buncom Linebacker USC
7 51 Wendell Harris (from Dallas) Defensive Back Louisiana State
7 56 Bobby Jackson Fullback New Mexico State
8 64 Jerry Robinson Flanker Grambling State
9 72 Tom Minter Defensive Back Baylor
10 80 Dan Sullivan Guard Boston College
11 88 Sonny Bishop Guard Fresno State
12 93 Ralph Smith (from New York) Tight End Mississippi
12 96 George Andrie Defensive End Marquette
13 104 Chuck Bryant End Ohio State
14 112 Jim Bates* Halfback USC
15 120 Fred Moore* Defensive Tackle Memphis
16 128 George Gross* Defensive Tackle Auburn
17 136 Frank Gardner Tackle North Carolina Central
18 144 Dennis Biodrowski* Guard Memphis
19 152 Mike Lind* Fullback Notre Dame
20 160 Ron Herman Quarterback Bradley
21 168 Jesse Williams* Center Fresno State
22 176 Jim Thibert* Linebacker Toledo
23 184 Dick Farris* Guard North Texas
24 192 Homer Jones Halfback Texas Southern
25 200 Sam Gruneisen Center Villanova
26 208 Mike Woulfe* Linebacker Colorado
27 216 Mel Rideout* Quarterback Richmond
28 224 Ben Wilson* Fullback USC
29 232 Paul Dudley Halfback Arkansas
30 240 John Denvir Guard Colorado
31 248 Doug Elmore* Halfback Mississippi
32 256 Wayne Frazier* Center Auburn
33 264 Jacque MacKinnon Halfback Colgate
34 272 Phil Lohmann Center Oklahoma

* This pick was considered a "Future" selection.

Oakland Raiders draft picks

Oakland Raiders (selected first)
 1) Roman Gabriel, QB, North Carolina State
 2) Pick traded to San Diego
 3) Ed Pine, C, Utah
 4) John Meyers, T, Washington
 5) Joe Hernandez, HB, Arizona
 6) Danny Birdwell, C, Houston
 7) Jim Norris, T, Houston
 8) Ferrell Yarborough, E, Northwest Louisiana
 9) Jim Dillard, HB, Oklahoma State
10) Henry Rivera, HB, Oregon State
11) Pick traded to Dallas
12) Jim Skaggs, G, Washington
    Gary Schwertfeger, LB, Montana (from Buffalo)
    Oscar Donahue, E, San Jose State (from Boston)
13) George Pierovich, FB, California
14) Bert Coan*, HB, Kansas
15) Floyd Dean*, E, Florida
16) Pat Russ, T, Purdue
17) Larry Ferguson*, HB, Iowa
18) Jim Vollenweider, FB, Miami (Florida)
19) Dennis Spurlock, QB, Whitworth
    Kent Horne, T, BYU (from Denver)
20) John Sutro, G, San Jose State
21) Bill Tunnicliff, FB, Michigan
22) Jim Cadile, E, San Jose State
23) Alvin Basham, G, Kansas
24) Mickey Brunce, HB, Oregon
25) Tom Cagaanan*, HB, Utah State
26) Fred Miller*, T, LSU
27) Keith Luhnow*, FB, Santa Ana JC
28) Marv Marinovich*, T, USC
29) Leon Donahue*, E, San Jose State
30) Pete Nicklas*, T, Baylor
31) Bob Elliott*, FB, North Carolina
32) Bob Richards*, T, LSU
33) Eugene White*, HB, Florida A&M
34) Bill Worrell*, T, Georgia

Notable undrafted players

= Pro Bowler
Original NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
Buffalo Bills Booker Edgerson  CB Western Illinois IIAC
Houston Oilers Charley Frazier  WR Texas Southern SWAC
Oakland Raiders Charlie Rieves  LB Houston Ind.
San Diego Chargers Gerry McDougall  RB UCLA AAWU Former CFL All-Star

See also

References

  1. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  2. ^ Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star team at any time in their career.

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1961 Syracuse Orangemen football team

The 1961 Syracuse Orangemen football team represented Syracuse University during the 1961 college football season. The Orangemen were led by 13th-year head coach Ben Schwartzwalder and played their home games at Archbold Stadium in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse finished the regular season with a record of 7–3 and ranked 14th in the final AP Poll. Running back Ernie Davis rushed for 823 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to his second straight consensus All-American honors. Davis became the first African-American football player to win the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's best college football player each year. Syracuse was invited to the 1961 Liberty Bowl, where they defeated Miami (FL).

1962 NFL Draft

The 1962 National Football League draft was held on December 4, 1961 at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

Frank Parker (American football)

Billy Frank Parker (born October 16, 1939) is a former professional American football defensive lineman who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma State. Parker was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 6th round (79th overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft and by the New York Titans in the 29th round (229th overall) of the 1962 American Football League Draft. He played seven seasons for the NFL's Cleveland Browns (1962–1967), Pittsburgh Steelers (1968), and New York Giants (1969).

Fred Miller (defensive lineman)

Fred David Miller (born August 8, 1940) was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League from 1963 through 1972. During that span, he appeared in 3 world championship games for the Baltimore Colts: the 1964 NFL championship game against the Browns, Super Bowl III against the Jets, and Super Bowl V against the Cowboys. He played college football at Louisiana State University.

Miller was born in Homer, Louisiana on August 8, 1940. His father was a sharecropper.He graduated from Homer High School in his hometown in 1958. A four-year football letterman, he mostly played center and tackle and was a starter in his last three years at the school.

With both the National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL) competing against each other to acquire the best available talent, Miller was picked in both drafts in 1962. He was selected by the NFL's Baltimore Colts in the 7th round (93rd overall) and the AFL's Oakland Raiders in the 26th round (201st overall). He eventually signed with the Colts.

Jim Vollenweider

Jim Vollenweider was a player in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers in 1962 and 1963 as a halfback. He played at the collegiate level at the University of Miami. Vollenweider was drafted in the eighth round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the 49ers. He was also drafted in the eighteenth round of the 1962 American Football League Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

Neil Thomas (Canadian football)

Neil Thomas (born c. 1940) was a Canadian football player who played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He won the Grey Cup with them in 1962. He played college football at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1962 American Football League Draft.

Ron Gassert

Ronald Earl Gassert (born July 22, 1940 in Campbelltown, Pennsylvania) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers. He played college football at the University of Virginia, where he was a defensive end.

Gassert was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round (56th overall) of the 1962 NFL Draft. He was also drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 13th round (99th overall) of the 1962 American Football League Draft.

Ron was a member of the 1962 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers. In 1966, Gassert finished his career with the Philadelphia Bulldogs of the Continental Football League, helping to lead the team to the 1966 CFL Championship.

Gassert has penned a fictional western novel titled Driven.

After working for 30 years as a banker, Gassert and his wife began a business building furniture that they sell at craft shows. A resident of Medford, New Jersey, Gassert served on the board of education of the Lenape Regional High School District.

Ronnie Bull (American football)

Ronald David Bull (born February 2, 1940) is a retired American football running back. He played running back at Bishop High School in Bishop, Texas.

Bull played halfback at Baylor University wearing jersey No. 25 from 1958 to 1961. While at Baylor he played at the Gator Bowl against the University of Florida. He also played in the East–West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, and the College All-Star Game.

Bull was drafted in the 1962 American Football League Draft by the Dallas Texans with the team's first pick, but elected to play for the National Football League instead. Bull was taken out of the Baylor University by the Chicago Bears as the seventh pick in the first round in the 1962 NFL Draft. He played for the Bears wearing jersey No. 29 and the Philadelphia Eagles wearing jersey No. 47. During his career, Bull played in 123 games, carried the ball 881 times for 3,222 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was named the 1962 Senior Bowl most valuable player and 1962 UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year. Bull was among the inaugural inductees in the Texas High School Hall of Fame in 1985. He was also inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

He currently runs his specialty advertising business, Ronnie Bull Sales, Inc in the Chicago area.

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