1962 Dallas Texans season
OwnerLamar Hunt
General managerJack Steadman
Head coachHank Stram
Home fieldCotton Bowl
Local radioWFAA
Results
Record11–3
Division place1st AFL Western
Playoff finishWon AFL Championship (at 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

Main article: 1962 American Football League draft

Round Player Position College
1 Ronnie BullRonnie Bull Halfback Baylor
2 Bill MillerBill Miller End Miami (Florida)
3 Eddie WilsonEddie Wilson Quarterback Arizona
4 Charles HintonCharles Hinton Tackle North Carolina College
4 Irv GoodeIrv Goode Center Kentucky (from Buffalo)
5 Bobby PlummerBobby Plummer Tackle TCU
5 Bobby PlyBobby Ply Quarterback Baylor (from New York)
5 Bill HullBill Hull End Wake Forest (from Boston)
6 Al HintonAl Hinton End Iowa
8 Larry BowieLarry Bowie Tackle Purdue
9 Dick MillsDick Mills Tackle Pittsburgh
10 Jim SaxtonJimmy Saxton Halfback Texas
11 Bob HuntBobby Hunt Defensive back Auburn (from Oakland)
11 Guy ReeseGuy Reese Tackle SMU
12 Bobby ThompsonBobby Thompson Halfback Arizona
14 Bookie BolinBookie Bolin Guard Mississippi
15 Dave GrahamDave Graham Tackle Virginia
16 Pettis NormanPettis Norman End John Smith
17 Tommy BrookerTommy Brooker End Alabama
18 Joe CarolloJoe Carollo Tackle Notre Dame
19 Lee WelchLee Welch Halfback Mississippi State
20 Mike SemcheskiMike Semcheski Guard Lehigh
21 Kent MartinKent Martin Tackle Wake Forest
22 Jim BernhardtJim Bernhardt Tackle Linfield
23 Russ ForetRuss Foret Tackle Georgia Tech
24 Pat TrammellPat Trammell Quarterback Alabama
25 John BurrellJohn Burrell End Rice
26 Walt RappoldWalt Rappold Quarterback Duke
27 Scott TylerScott Tyler Halfback Miami (Ohio)
28 Jim ThrushJim Thrush Tackle Xavier
29 Ed RyanEd Ryan Halfback Michigan State
30 Don GoodmanDon Goodman Halfback Florida
31 Everisto NinoEveristo Nino Tackle East Texas State
32 Joel ArringtonJoel Arrington Halfback Duke
33 Jack WilsonJack Wilson Halfback Duke
34 Rodger ShoalsRodger Shoals Center Maryland

Schedule

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.

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 August 4 vs. Oakland Raiders W 13–3 1–0 American Field* (Atlanta) 8,000 Recap
2 August 11 at San Diego Chargers L 0–17 1–1 Balboa Stadium 28,555 Recap
3 August 18 Oakland Raiders W 22–6 2–1 Memorial Stadium* (Midland) 10,000 Recap
4 August 24 Denver Broncos L 24–27 (OT) 2–2 Farrington Field* (Fort Worth) 18,000 Recap
5 August 31 vs. Houston Oilers L 31–34 2–3 Miami Orange Bowl* (Miami) 27,530 Recap

* Special pre-season game site

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 8 Boston Patriots W 42–28 1–0 Cotton Bowl 32,000 Recap
2 Bye
3 September 23 at Oakland Raiders W 26–16 2–0 Frank Youell Field 12,500 Recap
4 September 30 Buffalo Bills W 41–21 3–0 Cotton Bowl 25,500 Recap
5 October 7 at San Diego Chargers L 28–32 3–1 Balboa Stadium 23,092 Recap
6 October 12 at Boston Patriots W 27–7 4–1 Boston University Field 23,874 Recap
7 October 21 New York Titans W 20–17 5–1 Cotton Bowl 17,814 Recap
8 October 28 at Houston Oilers W 31–7 6–1 Jeppesen Stadium 31,750 Recap
9 November 4 Houston Oilers L 6–14 6–2 Cotton Bowl 29,017 Recap
10 November 11 at New York Titans W 52–31 7–2 Polo Grounds 13,275 Recap
11 November 18 at Denver Broncos W 24–3 8–2 Bears Stadium 23,523 Recap
12 November 25 Oakland Raiders W 35–7 9–2 Cotton Bowl 13,557 Recap
13 December 2 at Buffalo Bills L 14–23 9–3 War Memorial Stadium 35,261 Recap
14 December 9 Denver Broncos W 17–10 10–3 Cotton Bowl 19,137 Recap
15 December 16 San Diego Chargers W 26–17 11–3 Cotton Bowl 18,384 Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason

Round Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
AFL Championship December 23 at Houston Oilers W 20–17 (2OT) 1–0 Jeppesen Stadium 37,981 Recap

Standings

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
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.

1962 AFL Championship

Main article: 1962 American Football League Championship Game

Dallas Texans 20, Houston Oilers 17 (2OT)
1 2 34OT2OTTotal
Texans 3 14 000320
Oilers 0 0 7100017

at Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas

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

References

  1. ^ "Dallas wins in sudden death". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. December 24, 1962. p. 2, part 2. Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Dallas tips Houston in second overtime". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. December 24, 1962. p. 8, part 2. Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  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". Archived from the original on July 7, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  6. ^ 1962 NFL-AFL Commentator Crews[permanent dead link]