1962 Dallas Texans season

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1962 Dallas Texans season
Owner Lamar Hunt
Head coach Hank Stram
General manager Jack Steadman
Home field Cotton Bowl
Local radio WFAA
Division place1st AFL Western
Playoff finishWon AFL Championship (at Houston Oilers) 20–17 (2OT)
AFL All-StarsQB Len Dawson
HB Abner Haynes
FB Curtis McClinton
G Marvin Terrell
OT Jerry Cornelison
OT Jim Tyrer
TE Fred Arbanas
DB Dave Grayson
LB E.J. Holub
DT Jerry Mays
DT Mel Branch
LB Sherrill Headrick

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 AFL draft

1 Ronnie Bull HalfbackBaylor
2 Bill Miller EndMiami (Florida)
3 Eddie Wilson QuarterbackArizona
4 Charles Hinton TackleNorth Carolina College
4 Irv Goode CenterKentucky (from Buffalo)
5 Bobby Plummer TackleTCU
5 Bobby Ply QuarterbackBaylor (from New York)
5 Bill Hull EndWake Forest (from Boston)
6 Al Hinton EndIowa
8 Larry Bowie TacklePurdue
9 Dick Mills TacklePittsburgh
10 Jimmy Saxton HalfbackTexas
11 Bobby Hunt Defensive backAuburn (from Oakland)
11 Guy Reese TackleSMU
12 Bobby Thompson HalfbackArizona
14 Bookie Bolin GuardMississippi
15Dave GrahamTackleVirginia
16 Pettis Norman EndJohn Smith
17 Tommy Brooker EndAlabama
18 Joe Carollo TackleNotre Dame
19 Lee Welch HalfbackMississippi State
20 Mike Semcheski GuardLehigh
21 Kent Martin TackleWake Forest
22 Jim Bernhardt TackleLinfield
23 Russ Foret TackleGeorgia Tech
24 Pat Trammell QuarterbackAlabama
25 John Burrell EndRice
26 Walt Rappold QuarterbackDuke
27Scott TylerHalfbackMiami (Ohio)
28 Jim Thrush TackleXavier
29Ed RyanHalfbackMichigan State
30Don GoodmanHalfbackFlorida
31 Everisto Nino TackleEast Texas State
32 Joel Arrington HalfbackDuke
33Jack WilsonHalfbackDuke
34 Rodger Shoals CenterMaryland


Season summary

The Texans clinched their initial AFL Western Division Championship in November and finished with an 11–3 regular season record. Dallas won the 1962 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.


1August 4vs. Oakland Raiders W 13–31–0American Field* (Atlanta)8,000 Recap
2August 11at San Diego Chargers L 0–171–1 Balboa Stadium 28,555 Recap
3August 18 Oakland Raiders W 22–62–1 Memorial Stadium* (Midland)10,000 Recap
4August 24 Denver Broncos L 24–27 (OT)2–2 Farrington Field* (Fort Worth)18,000 Recap
5August 31vs. Houston Oilers L 31–342–3 Miami Orange Bowl* (Miami)27,530 Recap

* Special pre-season game site

Regular season

1September 8 Boston Patriots W 42–281–0 Cotton Bowl 32,000 Recap
2 Bye
3September 23at Oakland Raiders W 26–162–0 Frank Youell Field 12,500 Recap
4September 30 Buffalo Bills W 41–213–0Cotton Bowl25,500 Recap
5October 7at San Diego Chargers L 28–323–1 Balboa Stadium 23,092 Recap
6October 12at Boston Patriots W 27–74–1 Boston University Field 23,874 Recap
7October 21 New York Titans W 20–175–1Cotton Bowl17,814 Recap
8October 28at Houston Oilers W 31–76–1 Jeppesen Stadium 31,750 Recap
9November 4 Houston Oilers L 6–146–2Cotton Bowl29,017 Recap
10November 11at New York Titans W 52–317–2 Polo Grounds 13,275 Recap
11November 18at Denver Broncos W 24–38–2 Bears Stadium 23,523 Recap
12November 25 Oakland Raiders W 35–79–2Cotton Bowl13,557 Recap
13December 2at Buffalo Bills L 14–239–3 War Memorial Stadium 35,261 Recap
14December 9 Denver Broncos W 17–1010–3Cotton Bowl19,137 Recap
15December 16 San Diego Chargers W 26–1711–3Cotton Bowl18,384 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


AFL Championship December 23at Houston Oilers W 20–17 (2OT)1–0 Jeppesen Stadium 37,981 Recap


AFL Western Division
Dallas Texans 1130.7865–1389233W2
Denver Broncos 770.5004–2353334L5
San Diego Chargers 4100.2863–3314392L2
Oakland Raiders 1130.0710–6213370W1

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

1962 AFL Championship

Dallas Texans 20, Houston Oilers 17 (2OT)

at Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas

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