1962 Dallas Texans season

The 1962 Dallas Texans season was the third and final season of Lamar Hunt's American Football League franchise before its relocation to Kansas City from Dallas.

The Texans won their first AFL championship (and only title in Dallas) when they defeated their intrastate rivals, the two-time defending champion Houston Oilers, 20–17 in double overtime—a game which now stands as the second longest game in pro football history and the longest in AFL history.[1][2]

Coach Hank Stram was named the AFL Coach of the Year and RB Curtis McClinton (Kansas) was named AFL Rookie of the Year. Haynes became the franchise's first 1,000-yard rusher, concluding the season with 1,049 yards and an AFL-high 13 rushing TDs.[3]

The Texans set an AFL record for completion percentage in a season (60.6%).[4] They led the league in both points scored (389), fewest points allowed (233), and total touchdowns (50; 29 passing, 21 rushing) in 1962.[5]

1962 Dallas Texans season
Head coachHank Stram
OwnerLamar Hunt
Home fieldCotton Bowl
Local radioWFAA
Division place1st AFL Western
Playoff finishWon AFL Championship Game
(at Houston Oilers, 20–17, 2OT)
AFL All-StarsQB Len Dawson
HB Abner Haynes
FB Curtis McClinton
G Marvin Terrell
T Jerry Cornelison
T Jim Tyrer
TE Fred Arbanas
DB Dave Grayson
LB E.J. Holub
DT Jerry Mays
DT Mel Branch
LB Sherrill Headrick

1962 AFL draft

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 Center Kentucky (from Buffalo)
5 Bobby Plummer Tackle TCU
5 Bobby Ply Quarterback Baylor (from New York)
5 Bill Hull End Wake Forest (from Boston)
6 Al Hinton End Iowa
8 Larry Bowie Tackle Purdue
9 Dick Mills Tackle Pittsburgh
10 Jimmy Saxton Halfback Texas
11 Bobby Hunt Defensive back Auburn (from Oakland)
11 Guy Reese Tackle SMU
12 Bobby Thompson Halfback Arizona
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

Regular season

The Texans clinched their initial AFL Western Division Championship in November and finished with an 11–3 regular season record. Dallas won the ‘62 AFL Championship when K Tommy Brooker connected on a 25-yard field goal during the second overtime of the title game, giving the Texans a 20–17 victory at Houston (12/23). Spanning an elapsed time of 77:54, the game still stands as the second-longest contest in pro football history as the franchise claimed its first of three AFL titles.[3] The game is the longest in the history of the American Football League.


*: Special pre-season game site

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
August 4 Oakland Raiders W 13–3 Lithonia, Georgia * 8,000
August 11 at San Diego Chargers L 0–17 Balboa Stadium 28,555
August 18 Oakland Raiders W 22–6 Memorial Stadium * 10,000
August 24 Denver Broncos L 24–27 (OT) Amon G. Carter Stadium * 18,000
August 31 Houston Oilers L 31–34 Miami Orange Bowl * 27,530
Regular Season
1 September 8 Boston Patriots W 42–28 Cotton Bowl 32,000
2 Bye
3 September 23 at Oakland Raiders W 26–16 Frank Youell Field 12,500
4 September 30 Buffalo Bills W 41–21 Cotton Bowl 25,500
5 October 7 at San Diego Chargers L 28–32 Balboa Stadium 23,092
6 October 13 at Boston Patriots W 27–7 Nickerson Field 23,874
7 October 21 New York Titans W 20–17 Cotton Bowl 17,814
8 October 28 at Houston Oilers W 31–7 Jeppesen Stadium 31,750
9 November 4 Houston Oilers L 6–14 Cotton Bowl 29,017
10 November 11 at New York Titans W 52–31 Polo Grounds 13,275
11 November 18 at Denver Broncos W 24–3 Bears Stadium 23,523
12 November 25 Oakland Raiders W 35–7 Cotton Bowl 13,557
13 December 2 at Buffalo Bills L 14–23 War Memorial Stadium 35,261
14 December 9 Denver Broncos W 17–10 Cotton Bowl 19,137
15 December 16 San Diego Chargers W 26–17 Cotton Bowl 18,384


AFL Western Division
Dallas Texans 11 3 0 .786 5–1 389 233 W2
Denver Broncos 7 7 0 .500 4–2 353 334 L5
San Diego Chargers 4 10 0 .286 3–3 314 392 L2
Oakland Raiders 1 13 0 .071 0–6 213 370 W1

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


  1. ^ "Dallas wins in sudden death". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. December 24, 1962. p. 2, part 2.
  2. ^ "Dallas tips Houston in second overtime". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. December 24, 1962. p. 8, part 2.
  3. ^ a b Kansas City Chiefs History 1960s Archived April 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine KCChiefs.com
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference: In a single season, from 1960 to 1969, in the AFL, in the regular season, sorted by descending Pass Completion %
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1962 AFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics
  6. ^ 1962 NFL-AFL Commentator Crews

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Preceded by
Houston Oilers
American Football League champion
Succeeded by
San Diego Chargers
History of Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks

31 quarterbacks have started for the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs since their franchise began. The team has also had numerous backup quarterbacks that have stolen the spotlight from the starters.Under Len Dawson, the Texans/Chiefs won three American Football League championships and appeared in two Super Bowl championship games. Dawson was named Most Valuable Player following the Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl IV. Dawson played a total of 13 seasons with Kansas City and retired with many franchise records. Despite never having success in developing and drafting a quality quarterback of their own, the Chiefs have achieved success under many veteran quarterbacks, including Dave Krieg, Joe Montana, Elvis Grbac, Trent Green and Alex Smith. The Chiefs have often relied on veteran leadership at the position.

List of AFC champions

The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League, the National Football Conference (NFC) being the other. The AFC has its roots in the American Football League (AFL), which began to play in 1960. In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC.

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.

Game information
  • First quarter
  • Second quarter
    • DAL – Haynes 28 pass from Dawson (Brooker kick)
    • DAL – Haynes 2 run (Brooker kick)
  • Third quarter
    • HOU – Dewveall 15 pass from Blanda (Blanda kick)
  • Fourth quarter
    • HOU – Field goal Blanda 31
    • HOU – Tolar 1 run (Blanda kick)
  • First overtime
  • no scoring
  • Second overtime
    • DAL – Field goal Brooker 25
Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (59)

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