Abner Haynes

Abner Haynes (born September 19, 1937) is a former professional American football running back.

Abner Haynes
No. 28
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:September 19, 1937 (age 81)
Denton, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Dallas (TX) Lincoln
College:North Texas
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 5 / Pick: 55
AFL draft:1960 / Round: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career AFL statistics
Rushing yards:4,630
All-Purpose yards:12,065
Total touchdowns:68
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Born in Denton, Texas, Haynes graduated from Lincoln High School in Dallas in 1956.[1] He played college football at North Texas State College in Denton (now the University of North Texas) where he and his then teammate Leon King integrated college football in the state of Texas in 1956.[1][2]

Professional career

Although selected in the fifth round (55th overall) of the 1960 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Haynes chose to play for the AFL's Dallas Texans, signing his contract with the team under the goal posts of Kidd Field after the 1959 Sun Bowl. Haynes led the AFL in rushing attempts, yards, and TDs in its first year.[1] Haynes' father, a minister, advised that the young man play in the AFL after Buddy Parker and Bobby Layne of the Steelers made a drunken visit to Haynes' house.

Haynes helped popularize the AFL in 1960, when he was the fledgling league's first Player of the Year, and its first Rookie of the Year. He captured the AFL's first rushing crown with 875 yards, and also led the Texans in receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns. Haynes spent three years in Dallas and two with same franchise when it became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963. The Chiefs and the North Texas Eagles both retired his number 28 in honor of his many achievements.

"He was a franchise player before they talked about franchise players", praised Stram. "He did it all -- rushing, receiving, kickoff returns, punt returns. He gave us the dimension we needed to be a good team in Dallas." The 6-foot (1.83 m), 190-pound (86 kg) Haynes, who had great speed and dazzling moves in the open field, was regularly among the AFL's top 10 rushers (3rd all-time), and set AFL records with 5 touchdowns in a game, 19 in a season in 1961, and 46 in his career. Haynes still owns 10 Texans franchise records, including most points in a game (30), most touchdowns in a game (5), and most career combined yards (8,442). He was Hall of Fame head coach Hank Stram's most versatile and dangerous weapon from 1960–62, amassing 43 touchdowns and 4,472 yards on rushes and receptions. In 1962, he helped the Texans win the AFL championship game in the classic double-overtime victory over the two-time defending champion Houston Oilers. At the time it was the longest professional football championship game ever played. In that game, Haynes scored touchdowns on a 28-yard pass reception from quarterback Len Dawson, and on a 2-yard run.

Another notable game for Haynes was in 1962 on September 30 against the Buffalo Bills at the Cotton Bowl; he ran for 164 yards on just 16 attempts (10+ yards per carry), with two touchdown runs, one of 71 yards and one of 13 yards, in the Texans' 41–21 victory.[3]

Haynes was then traded to the Denver Broncos.[4][5] In 1965, he scored three rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns, and returned one punt for a touchdown. He also led the league in kick returns (34), kick return yards (901), kick return average (26.5), and was fourth in the league in all-purpose yards (1,404). On Oct 17, he returned 3 kicks 140 yards for a franchise record 46.7 average.[6] In 1966, he had 304 yards rushing and 480 receiving, but led the league with 11 fumbles and was let go. In 1967, he played for both the Miami Dolphins,[7] and the New York Jets.[8]

During his 8 professional seasons, Haynes carried the ball 1,036 times for 4,630 yards, a 4.5 average; caught 287 passes for 3,535 yards, a 12.3 average, and 20 touchdowns; returned 85 punts for 875 yards, a 10.3 average, and 1 touchdown; and ran back 121 kickoffs for 3,025 yards, a 25.0 average, and 1 touchdown. His 12,065 combined yards is the American Football League record. Haynes had three games in which he gained 100 or more yards on 14 or fewer carries, and was selected to the All-Time All-AFL second team. He has a program called "Heroes of Football" which connects former professional players with their communities. Haynes is the cousin of Sly Stone, Rose Stone, and Feddie Stone of Sly and the Family Stone.[9]

"We’ll Kick to the Clock"

In the 1962 AFL Championship Game, Haynes made what could have been a costly error at the start of overtime.[10] Coach Stram, aware of the strong winds at Jeppesen Stadium, instructed Haynes, should the Texans win the coin toss, to choose the end of the field facing the stadium clock, which would give the Texans the wind at their backs. (In professional American football, the team winning the coin toss can choose either to elect whether to kickoff or receive the kickoff, or elect which goal to defend. If that team's election is regarding the kickoff, the other team gets to elect which goal to defend; and vice versa.)

The Texans won the coin toss. Haynes, assuming that when the Texans elected which goal to defend, the Oilers would elect to receive the kickoff (thereby gaining first possession of the ball), told the referee, "We'll kick to the clock." However, by starting with the words "We'll kick", Haynes had made the election for the Texans to kick off, allowing the Oilers, not the Texans, to choose which goal to defend.[10] The Texans saved Haynes from embarrassment by not allowing the Oilers to score in that first overtime, then won the game on Tommy Brooker's field goal 2 minutes and 54 seconds into the second overtime (after the teams had switched ends).

When asked about his mistake following the game, Haynes said "I knew we'd need the wind behind us in the sixth quarter."


  1. ^ a b c "Texans have no trouble in selling Haynes". Lewiston Daily Sun. Maine. Associated Press. July 22, 1961. p. 8.
  2. ^ http://web3.unt.edu/news/story.cfm?story=8938
  3. ^ "Hay(n)es rolls up 164 yards as Texans down Bills, 41-21". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. October 1, 1962. p. 15.
  4. ^ "Abner Haynes sent to Denver in trade". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 21, 1965. p. 4D.
  5. ^ "Haynes traded to Denver". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 22, 1965. p. 14.
  6. ^ As of 2017
  7. ^ "Abner Haynes not a problem". Lewiston Daily Sun. Maine. Associated Press. September 21, 1967. p. 26.
  8. ^ "Jets snatch up castoff Haynes". Victoria Advocate. Texas. Associated Press. December 7, 1967. p. 14A.
  9. ^ Kaliss, Jeff (2009). I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone (revised ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 3. ISBN 0879309849. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Haynes had orders, but..." Chicago Daily Tribune. December 24, 1962. p. 1, part 3.

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1959 Sun Bowl

The 1959 Sun Bowl featured the New Mexico State Aggies and the North Texas State Eagles.

1960 American Football League draft

The 1960 American Football League draft was held on November 22–23, 1959, in Minneapolis, shortly after the organization of the league, and lasted 33 rounds. An additional draft of 20 rounds was held by the AFL on December 2.

1960 American Football League season

The 1960 American Football League season was the inaugural regular season of the American Football League (AFL). It consisted of 8 franchises split into two divisions: the East Division (Buffalo Bills, Houston Oilers, Titans of New York, Boston Patriots) and the West Division (Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders).

The season ended when the Houston Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 24–16 in the inaugural AFL Championship game.

1960 Dallas Texans season

The 1960 Dallas Texans season was the inaugural season of Lamar Hunt's American Football League franchise from Dallas, Texas. Head coach Hank Stram led the team to an 8–6 record and second place in the AFL's Western Conference.For the Texans' inaugural season, team owner Lamar Hunt pursued both legendary University of Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson and New York Giants defensive assistant Tom Landry to lead his Texans franchise. Wilkinson opted to stay at Oklahoma, while Landry was destined to coach the NFL's expansion franchise in Dallas. Hunt settled on a relatively unknown assistant coach from the University of Miami, Hank Stram. "One of the biggest reasons I hired Hank was that he really wanted the job", Hunt explained. "It turned out to be a very lucky selection on my part."The Texans set up offices in the Mercantile National Bank Building, while Jerry Foss headquartered the AFL offices out of Dallas, as well. Reserved seats were USD $4, general admission USD $2 and high school students paid USD $.90 that initial season. Don Rossi served as the team's General Manager until November when he was succeeded by Jack Steadman.

The Texans conducted their inaugural training camp at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. The club embarked on a whirlwind pre-season barnstorming tour that featured road games in Oakland, Tulsa, Boston, Abilene, and Little Rock. An announced crowd of 51,000 at the Cotton Bowl witnessed a 24–3 victory against Houston on September 2 as the club concluded a perfect 6–0 preseason record.The Texans had a strong home-state identity with quarterback Cotton Davidson from Baylor, linebacker Sherrill Headrick from TCU and running back Abner Haynes from North Texas. Haynes led the league with 875 rushing yards and nine TDs, as well as combined net yards (2,100) and punt return average (15.4).The Texans also had a flashy, high-scoring club which finished the year at 8–6 as three close losses kept the squad from challenging for the division title. The Texans averaged 24,500 for their home games, the highest average in the league.

1960 NFL Draft

The 1960 National Football League Draft in which NFL teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, was held at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia on November 30, 1959. Many players, including half of those drafted in the first round, signed with teams in the newly created American Football League, including the first overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon. At the time of the draft, the Cardinals were still the Chicago Cardinals; they moved to St. Louis in March 1960. The Dallas Cowboys were enfranchised in January 1960 after the draft.

1962 American Football League Championship Game

The 1962 American Football League Championship Game was played on December 23 at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, Texas. The host Houston Oilers (11–3) of the Eastern Division were trying for their third consecutive AFL title, matched against the Western Division's Dallas Texans, also at 11–3.

1965 San Diego Chargers season

The 1965 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 8–5–1 record in 1964. Head Coach Sid Gillman led the Chargers to their fifth AFL West title, with a 9–2–3 record, before losing the AFL Championship Game to the Buffalo Bills for the second consecutive season. After that season, the Chargers would never make another post-season appearance until nearly a decade after the AFL–NFL merger took place (1979).

1967 New York Jets season

The 1967 New York Jets season was the eighth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–6–2 record from 1966 under head coach Weeb Ewbank. The Jets finished the season 8–5–1.

AFL and NFL era competitive college drafts

During the first seven years of existence (1960–1966) of the American Football League (AFL, 1960–1969), the AFL and the NFL held separate, competing drafts for college football talent.

These drafts were conducted differently in each league, with the AFL, as a new league, starting its existence with the 1960 AFL draft that was actually held in December, 1959 and had 33 rounds. Each AFL team had "territorial rights" to players from its general region for a "bonus" draft selection, so that teams could sign players who were known to their fans. These were not "picked" as such, but agreed on by consensus. The 1960 AFL draft proceeded with teams selecting by lot and player position, e.g., each team selected quarterbacks from the available list, then running backs, etc. These were not listed in order of selection, but alphabetically in two groups called "First Selections" and "Second Selections" by each team. Minneapolis-Saint Paul was originally included in the AFL draft on November 22, 1959. When the Minneapolis-Saint Paul owners reneged on their agreement to join the AFL and jumped to the NFL, some of the remaining AFL teams signed several players from the deserters' draft list. To compensate for this, after the Oakland Raiders' AFL franchise was granted, an allocation draft was held, to permit the Raiders to stock their team with players from the other seven AFL teams.

The established NFL held drafts more similar to the present day, in which the team with the worst record from the previous year selected first, and the reigning league champion selected last. Starting in 1961, the AFL also followed this procedure.

Because of the competition between the leagues, unlike today's drafts, they were held soon after the end of the football season in each league, often before the college bowls were over. Many players, such as LSU's Billy Cannon signed pro contracts "under the goalposts" at bowl games; and in the College East-West Game and other all-star college bowls, many players wore the helmets of the professional team that they had signed with.

The AFL was at a disadvantage in name-recognition with the established NFL, but contrary to common belief, during this period, its franchises signed a significant number of stars away from the older league. These included Cannon, as well as eventual Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Buck Buchanan, Jim Otto, Billy Shaw, and Nick Buoniconti, and such standouts as Matt Snell, Tom Sestak, Charley Hennigan, Abner Haynes, Johnny Robinson and many others.

American Football League Most Valuable Player Award

During its ten-year existence (1960–1969), the American Football League's best player for each year was called the "Most Valuable Player" by some sports-news sources and the "Player of the Year" by others. The awards by the major services are shown below.

American Football League draft

The American Football League (AFL, 1960–1969) stocked its teams in two ways:

Signing free agents (players whose contracts in other professional football leagues had expired, or who had no professional experience).

Signing players from the previous year's college graduates.The latter option involved a "draft" in which each team selected players who then were not available for other teams to select. The draft for the 1960 season was actually conducted in late 1959, shortly after the formation of the league. Thereafter, American Football League drafts were conducted separately from the rival NFL through 1966. Starting in 1967, after the NFL agreed to merge with the AFL, the two leagues conducted a "common draft".

In 1961 and 1962, the American Football League drafts were "regional". Teams were assigned broad geographical regions around their home city, and had "rights" to the players within those regions. The AFL's owners reckoned that players would be more willing to play in their league if they had the opportunity to sign with their "home town" teams, and also hoped to attract fans with players with whom they had some familiarity. The AFL also tapped sources which the NFL had disdained: small colleges and all-black colleges.

During the years in which the American Football League was in direct competition with the NFL for players (and fans), numerous star players chose to play in the AFL. The first and one of the most prominent of these was LSU All-American Billy Cannon, who went on to become an AFL All-Star both as a running back with the Houston Oilers and as a tight end with the Oakland Raiders. Other greats signed by the AFL in the years before the common draft included Abner Haynes and Johnny Robinson (Dallas Texans); Jim Otto (Oakland Raiders); Lance Alworth, John Hadl, and Ron Mix (San Diego Chargers), Lionel Taylor (Denver Broncos); Billy Shaw (Buffalo Bills); Larry Grantham (New York Titans); Matt Snell and Joe Namath (New York Jets); Nick Buoniconti (Boston Patriots) and a host of others.

Chris Burford

Christopher William Burford III (born January 31, 1938) is a former American football wide receiver.

Burford was a football captain at Stanford, leading the NCAA in receptions with 61 in 1959. The following year, he was a first round draft pick of the Dallas Texans. in the American Football League (AFL) He led the Texans/Chiefs in pass receptions in four seasons (1961–1963, 1965). An AFL All-Star in 1961, he followed that performance with a team-record 12 receptions for touchdowns in 1962. By the end of his career, he was the Chiefs all-time reception leader (391) with 5,505 yards and 55 touchdowns.

For most of his AFL career, Burford was in the top ten in receiving catches, yards, and touchdowns. Burford is a 1975 inductee of the Chiefs' Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was inducted into the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame. Burford, who is white, was nominated by former black teammate Abner Haynes.

George Wilson (quarterback)

George William Wilson, Jr. (May 29, 1943 – August 6, 2011) was an American football player. He played college football at Xavier University and professionally for the American Football League's (AFL) 1966 expansion team, the Miami Dolphins. In 1965, Wilson was selected in the 20th round of the National Football League draft by the Detroit Lions, with the overall 277th pick. However, he eventually signed with the AFL's Buffalo Bills, who drafted him as the 96th pick in the 12th round of the Red Shirt draft. In 1966, Wilson was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 13th round 1967 draft pick. At the time, the Dolphins' head coach was his father, George Wilson, Sr.During his only season in Miami, George Wilson, Jr. shared starting quarterback duties with Rick Norton, John Stofa, and Dick Wood. On October 16, 1966, Wilson led the Miami Dolphins to their first win, defeating the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–7. He played all 14 games, starting in 7 of them. Wilson compiled a win-loss record of 2–5 when starting. Wilson's season stats included completing 41.1% of his passes – 46 out of 112 pass attempts – for a total of 764 yards. Although he threw five touchdown passes, Wilson was intercepted ten times. Additionally, Wilson rushed 137 yards on 27 attempts. He received an unimpressive passer rating of 42.4.Prior to the 1967 season, Wilson, along with Earl Faison, Cookie Gilchrist, and Ernie Park, were traded to the Broncos in exchange for Abner Haynes, Jerry Hopkins, Dan LaRose, and a draft pick. However, he was cut from the Broncos on July 15, 1967, after practicing for less than a week. Wilson became a free agent and signed with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts on April 23, 1968, before being cut by the team in the following months. By August 1968, he joined the Pottstown Firebirds of the Atlantic Coast Football League, a minor football league. However, Wilson quit the Firebirds on September 10, citing "personal reasons".Wilson died of throat cancer in Weeki Wachee, Florida, on August 6, 2011.

Haynes (surname)

Haynes is a Welsh surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Alex Haynes (born 1982), American football player

Abner Haynes (born 1937), American football player

Adrian Haynes (1926-1988), Native American leader

Arden Haynes (born 1927), Canadian former CEO of Imperial Oil and former Chancellor of York University

Arthur Haynes (1914-1966), English comedian

Billy Jack Haynes (born 1953), American former professional wrestler

Colton Haynes (born 1988), American actor

Cornell Haynes Jr. (born 1974), American rapper, better known as Nelly

D. E. L. Haynes (1913–1994), English classical scholar, archaeologist and curator

Danny Haynes (born 1988), English footballer

Deborah Haynes, British journalist

Desmond Haynes (born 1956), West Indian cricketer and cricket coach

Elwood Haynes (1857–1925), American inventor and co-founder of the Haynes-Apperson Company

Elizabeth Ross Haynes (1883–1953), African American social worker, sociologist, and author

Gibby Haynes (born 1957), American musician

Fred Haynes (1946–2006), American athlete

James Haynes (American football) (born 1960), American football player

Jerry Haynes (1927–2011), American actor and children's television host

Jimmy Haynes (born 1972), American baseball player

Joe Haynes (baseball player), (1917-1967), American baseball player

Joe M. Haynes (1936-2018), American lawyer and politician

John Haynes (governor) (1594–1654), English colonial magistrate, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Connecticut Colony

John Henry Haynes (1849-1910), American archaeologist and pioneering early photographer

John Earl Haynes, American historian

Johnny Haynes (1934–2005), English football player

Lemuel Haynes (1753–1833), American preacher and abolitionist

Marquis Haynes (born 1993), American football player

Martin Alonzo Haynes (1842–1919), US Representative

Michael Haynes (defensive lineman) (born 1980), American football player

Michael Haynes III, American professional wrestler better known as Prince Iaukea

Mike Haynes (cornerback) (born 1953), American football player

Nicole Haynes (born 1974), Canadian-American heptathlete

O.H. Haynes, Jr. (1920–1996), Louisiana sheriff

Phil Haynes (offensive lineman) (born 1995), American football player

Robert Haynes (1931–1998), Canadian geneticist and biophysicist

Roberta Haynes (born 1929), American actress

Roy Haynes (born 1926), American jazz musician

Stephen Haynes (1801–1879), American politician and builder, Brooklyn, New York

Terrence Haynes (born 1984), Barbadian freestyle swimmer

Todd Haynes (born 1961), American film director

Warren Haynes (born 1960), American rock and blues guitarist

List of American Football League rushing champions

In its ten years of existence, two American Football League (AFL) rushing yards leaders were also AFL Rookies of the Year: The Dallas Texans' Abner Haynes in 1960, and the San Diego Chargers' Dickie Post in 1969. Only two men won the rushing crown twice: the Buffalo Bills' Cookie Gilchrist in 1962 and 1964, and the Boston Patriots' Jim Nance, in 1966 and 1967. All years had fourteen regular-season games.

List of Kansas City Chiefs records

This article details statistics relating to the Kansas City Chiefs National Football League (NFL) American football team, including career, single season and games records.

List of National Football League annual rushing touchdowns leaders

This is a season-by-season list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in rushing touchdowns. Although rushing has both an offensive and a defensive meaning, this list charts offensive rushing touchdowns, usually scored by a running back, either a halfback or a fullback.

Record-keeping for rushing touchdowns began in 1932, when Bronko Nagurski of the Chicago Bears led the league with 4 rushing touchdowns. Since then, LaDainian Tomlinson has set the record for rushing touchdowns in a season, when he led the league in 2006, with 28 rushing touchdowns, while playing with the San Diego Chargers. Prior to Tomlinson's setting of the record, Priest Holmes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks, jointly held the record with 27, reaching that mark in 2003 NFL season and 2005, respectively.

Jim Brown holds the record for most league-leading seasons in rushing touchdowns, with 5 (1957, 1958, 1959, 1963, and 1965). Dutch Clark became the first player to lead the league in consecutive seasons (1936 and 1937), although in 1937 he co-led the league. The first sole rushing touchdowns leader in consecutive seasons was Johnny Drake, when he led in 1939 and 1940. Steve Van Buren was the first to lead the league in 3 consecutive seasons, from 1947 to 1949, a figure later matched by Jim Brown (1957 to 1959) and Leroy Kelly (1966 to 1968). Marcus Allen is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in rushing touchdowns while playing with 2 different teams; in 1982, Allen led the league while playing with the Oakland Raiders, and in 1993, he led the league while playing with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 1943, Bill Paschal became the first NFL player to post a 10+ rushing touchdowns season, when playing for the New York Giants. 40 seasons later, in 1983, John Riggins posted the league's first 20+ rushing touchdowns season. Steve Van Buren was the first player to lead the league with consecutive 10+ rushing touchdowns seasons, in 1947 and 1948; he would add a third consecutive in 1949. Emmitt Smith posted the first consecutive league-leading 20+ rushing touchdowns seasons in 1994 and 1995–an achievement later matched by Priest Holmes, in 2003 and 2004.

Tommy Brooker

William Thomas "Tommy" Brooker (born October 31, 1939) is a former American football player. A placekicker and end, Brooker played for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League (AFL) from 1962 to 1966. Brooker played college football at the University of Alabama under legendary coach Bear Bryant. He was drafted by the Texans in the 17th round (131st overall) in the 1962 AFL Draft and by the Washington Redskins in the 16th round (211th overall) in the same year's NFL Draft.

Doubling as an offensive end, Brooker had his best statistical season in his rookie year, 1962. He caught four passes, three for touchdowns, the only ones he would score during his career. He also made all 33 of his extra point attempts and kicked 12 of 22 field goals for a total of 87 points.

Brooker was a member of the Texans team that won the 1962 AFL Championship game, the Texans defeating the Houston Oilers (who had won the first two AFL title games, in 1960 and 1961) at Jeppesen Stadium. It would be the franchise's final game before their move from Dallas to Kansas City. Teammate Bill Hull intercepted the Oilers' George Blanda late in the first overtime of professional football's longest championship game. Hull's interception allowed the Texans to start the second overtime with two runs by Jack Spikes to move the ball to the Oilers' 25-yard line, and Brooker kicked a field goal to give the Texans the win, 20– 17. The field goal saved Texans star running back Abner Haynes from what could have been a costly error: at the start of the overtime, Haynes won the coin toss and stated that his team would "kick to the clock", which not only gave the Oilers first possession, but put the wind at their backs (the Oilers having gotten the choice of which end zone to defend). The Texans saved Haynes from embarrassment by preventing Houston from scoring in the first overtime; after the teams switched sides for the second, Brooker kicked the winning field goal 2 minutes and 54 seconds in.

On September 8, 1963, in the Chiefs' inaugural game since moving from Dallas, Brooker converted eight extra points in a 59-7 victory over the Denver Broncos. This remains tied as a franchise single-game record, Mike Mercer and Lawrence Tynes equaling it in 1966 and 2004 respectively.

Brooker enjoyed two more solid seasons in 1964 and 1965. In the former, during which he would be named to the AFL All-Star Game, he made eight field goals and led the AFL with 46 extra points in as many attempts, for a total of 70 points. In 1965, he kicked a career-high 13 field goals and was a perfect 37-for-37 in PATs, for 76 points.

In his career Brooker scored 290 points: the three touchdowns in 1962, 41 field goals in 85 attempts, and a perfect 149-for-149 in PATs. To date, he holds the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs record for most career extra point attempts without a miss.

Playoff appearances (20)
Division championships (10)
League championships (3)
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