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Larry Grantham

Larry Grantham (Pro football.  Born, Crystal Springs, MS, Sept. 16, 1938.)  A quick and hard-hitting linebacker, James Larry Grantham was a defensive force for the Titans and Jets for 13 seasons (1960-72).  A star at Ole Miss, Grantham played in three bowl games for Mississippi and was sold on signing with the Titans by coach […]

Murray Goodman

Murray Goodman (Public relations.  Born, Pekrokov, Russia, Jan. 1, 1914; died, Toms River, NJ, Mar. 8, 1996.)  Coming to the United States at age five, Murray Goodman grew up into the sports field in the 1920s, the so-called “Golden Age of American Sports,” but once became so disgusted with the business that he became a […]

Pete Gogolak

Pete Gogolak (Pro football.  Born, Budapest, Hungary, Apr. 18, 1942.)  The man who revolutionized placekicking in American football, Peter Gogolak spent nine seasons (1966-74) with the Giants.  Gogolak first exhibited his soccer-style instep kicking at Cornell and signed with Buffalo of the A.F.L., then at war with the N.F.L., in 1964.  Following the announcement of […]

Aaron Garcia

Aaron Garcia (Pro football.  Born, Albuquerque, NM, Oct. 28, 1970.)  A slight 6’1” quarterback from Sacramento (Calif.) State, Aaron Garcia became the greatest passer in the history of the Arena Football League.  After playing for four A.F.L. teams in four years, including most of two seasons with the now-defunct New Jersey Red Dogs (1997-98), Garcia […]

Joe Foss

Joe Foss (Pro football.  Born, near Sioux Falls, SD, Apr. 17, 1915; died, Scottsdale, AZ, Jan. 1, 2003.)  A celebrated World War II U.S. flying ace in the Pacific Theater, Joseph Jacob Foss was the first commissioner of the American Football League (1960-66).  Originally based in Dallas, Tex., Foss moved to New York in 1963 […]

Al Dorow

Al Dorow (Pro football.  Born, Imlay City, MI, Nov. 15, 1929; died, Okemos, MI, Dec. 7, 2009.)  Although portrayed in later years as little more than a joke, the original Titans were a competitive team in the early days of the A.F.L. and Albert Richard Dorow helped make them competitive.  In 28 games during the […]

John Dell Isola

John Dell Isola (College and pro football.  Born, Everett, MA, Feb. 10, 1912; died, Arlington, MA, Oct. 21, 1986.)  Following three varsity seasons at Fordham, John Dell Isola joined the Football Giants, where he was a regular on the interior line for seven seasons (1934-40).  Dell Isola was a center his first three years with […]

Al Davis

Al Davis (Pro football.  Born, Brockton, MA, July 4, 1929; died, Oakland, CA, Oct. 8, 2011.)  Though justifiably famous as leader of the Oakland Raiders, Allen Davis was a three-sport star at Erasmus Hall H.S. in Brooklyn and began his football coaching career at Adelphi (1950-51) after playing collegiately at Syracuse.  Davis joined Oakland in […]

Dick Christy

Dick Christy (Pro football.  Born, Chester, PA, Nov. 24, 1935; died, near Greensboro, NC, Aug. 7, 1966.)  During his brief career with the Titans/Jets (1961-63), Richard J. Christy was the definition of an all-purpose back.  In his first home game as a Titan, Christy returned a punt 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and another […]

Hardy Brown

Hardy Brown (Pro football.  Born, Childress, TX, May 8, 1924; died, Stockton, CA, Nov. 8, 1991.)  After playing for Southern Methodist and Tulsa with military service in World War II in between, Hardy Brown became a linebacker with the Brooklyn Football Dodgers in 1948.  When the Dodgers folded after the season, Brown moved to the Chicago […]

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