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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 […]

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 […]

Hubert Bobo

Hubert Bobo (Pro football.  Born, Dover, OH, July 2, 1934; died, Sept. 1, 1999.)  An Ohio State product, Hubert Lee Bobo began his pro football career as a halfback for Philadelphia in the N.F.L. in 1957 but spent two years (1961-62) with the A.F.L. New York Titans as a 205-pound linebacker.  Bobo was the middle […]

Joe Namath

Joe Namath (Pro football.  Born, Beaver Falls, PA, May 31, 1943.)  During his collegiate career at the University of Alabama (under the legendary Bear Bryant), Joseph Alexander Namath quarterbacked teams that lost only three games in three years.  His Alabama teams played in three Bowl games.  In 1965, Namath became one of the most celebrated […]

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