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    National Football League – League report – Week 10

    “Perry Runs Through Cards” – Phoenix (AP) – Colts Fullback Joe Perry rumbled through a hapless St. Louis Cardinals defense for 252 yards on 24 carries. Perry’s performance guided his Colts to a 45-24 thrashing of the Cardinals at Memorial Stadium. Perry has carried the ball 1,805 times for 9,838 yards and 79 touchdowns in his 14 year career.

    Philadelphia 0 @ Cleveland 21; GAME MVP: FB Jim Brown 144 total yards, 1 TD
    Detroit 38 @ Minnesota 14; GAME MVP: FB Nick Pietrosante 110 total yards, 1 TD

    “Cowboys Losing Streak ends at 21” – Tucson (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys celebrated their first National Football League victory over the Washington Federals 14-3. Offensive End Billy Howton hauled in 5 receptions for 69 yards and 1 touchdown in the win. The win ended the Cowboys losing streak at 21 and kept the San Diego/Baltimore streak of 22 in first place.

    “Pitt end Giants Undefeated Bid” – Phoenix (AP) – John Henry Johnson blasted through the heart of the New York Giants defense for 93 yards on the ground and 1 touchdown. Johnson also hauled in 12 receptions for 109 yards a 2 touchdowns coming out of the backfield. The Pittsburgh Steelers, winners of the 56’ and 58’ NFL titles, improved to 6-4 on the season with the 28-14 win.

    Los Angeles 10 @ Green Bay 17; GAME MVP: WR Max McGee 10 receptions, 164 yards
    Chicago 17 @ San Francisco 19; GAME MVP: WR Clyde Conner 7 receptions 99 yards

    National Football League Passing Report

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    Monday November 13, 1961

    “AFL and NFL – Two Teams on the Move” – Bobby Herbert, Arizona Daily Star

    The National Football League St. Louis Cardinals will “bid” farewell to the city of St. Louis at the conclusion of the 1961 season. The Cards’, which relocated to St. Louis in 1951, move was approved by a vote of 13 to 1 by the majority NFL owners last Thursday afternoon. The Bidwell family has already started renovations on Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, also commonly called Fairgrounds Stadium, to increase stadium capacity to 42,000. The NFL franchise will finalize the deal next Friday when the relocation fees and negotiations with the City of Louisville are closed. The Cardinals, who have faced diminishing crowds over that last several seasons, will depart St. Louis with a 51-65-3 record from 1951 to 1960 and are 1-9 through the first ten games of the ’61 campaign. The Bidwell family could not be reached for comment. Not to be out done, the American Football League and the primary ownership group of the Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement with the City of Memphis to bring football to Tennessee in 1962. The Raiders organization has struggled in Bay area and would like to follow in the footsteps of Wranglers principle owner Edward Wright. “Get out of the shadow of the San Francisco 49ers is the only way we will succeed……Our home attendance is horrible and we do not even have a stadium to call our own,” commented Raiders co-owner Wayne Valley when the press caught up with him Sunday evening. When asked about building a stadium in Alameda County, Valley responded, “We are building a stadium….in Memphis. We have received a great response from Memphis City Officials and are assisting in the building of a 50,000 seat stadium….that will also house the University of Memphis Tigers colligate team. It’s a done deal.” AFL Commissioner, Joe Foss, also noted that the vote by the owners was completed, “without a single nay in the room.” Both teams, the Louisville Cardinals and the Memphis Raiders, will stay in their respective AFL and NFL divisions for the ’62 campaign.

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    “Deluca’s ’61 Campaign Is Over” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Arizona’s team doctor Harold Warrenton Jr. delivered the news last night that starting guard Sam Deluca has been diagnosed with a fractured ankle and will miss the remainder of the ’61 campaign. Dr. Warrenton also cleared offensive tackle Ron Mix for practice, “It’s a low and high I do not look forward to….I get news that my starting road grader Sam is out…then he tells me my pass blocking ace is cleared to return to practice. Such is the nature of the game,” mentioned Coach Robinson Monday evening. Dr. Warrenton also confirmed that starting fullback Keith Lincoln will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Lincoln suffered a strained lower back on a scoring play in Sunday’s beat down of the Denver Broncos. “We will have to see how practice goes this week. Both Bob Brooks and Walter Kelly will be battling hard for the starting nod on Sunday…..right now I think Coach Buddy Young is leaning toward Brooks….but we will wait and see,” continued Coach Robinson. On another note offensive guard Willie Hector was promoted from the practice squad and will suit up for Sunday’s home game against the Chiefs. General Manager John Harland also announced the organization has reached an agreement with rookie free agent guard Gerald Hinton and he will join the practice squad on Thursday. “We had to move some players around to fill that gaps left by the injuries suffered to Ferrante and Deluca. Coach Madro is working through the details this week….but I think we are leaning toward plugging in George Belotti into the left guard slot and shifting Ernie Barnes to the right side of the line. We’ve got some decisions to make for sure,” added Coach Robinson during Monday evening’s press conference organized by Tom Daily.

    Thursday’s practice report – November 16, 1961

    The organization got a pleasant surprise this morning as they sat for their morning meeting. Players and coaches had gathered at 8 am to discuss the previous day’s practice and plans for the upcoming game, when principle owner Edward Wright and Arizona State Head Coach Frank Kush arrived with breakfast. Wright and Kush wanted to thank the players for all their work with the local university and area high schools this season. After a brief “meet and greet” the team got back down to business. When the meeting ended ninety minutes later, both men excused themselves to meet with General Manager John Harland and his staff. The players, along with position coaches and staff, broke off into respective offensive and defensive meetings before taking the practice field at 12:45 pm. When Coach Robinson and Public Relations Director Tom Daily met with press at 4:30 pm, he noted that fullback Bob Brooks has had a great week of practice and will be ready for his first AFL Start. In addition, George Belotti will get the nod at left guard. It will be the second year AFL veteran’s sixteenth start.

    Front office report

    The Director of Player Personnel Larry Wright sat down with General Manager John Harland, Coach Robinson and Director of Scouting Marlin McKenzie Thursday evening to discuss contract renewals and the organization’s direction in the up and coming draft. With several players yet to be signed it has become apparent that changes in personnel may have to take place in the off season. Meanwhile, Marlin McKenzie updated the group on the progress of the draft reports. He also presented them with some offensive linemen that may strengthen the depth and play an important role in the future success of the Wranglers. Among those included were Larry Bowie, Purdue University, Ed Blaine, University of Missouri, and John Cornett out of Rice. McKenzie also presented some options at the quarterback position. They included Eddie Wilson University of Arizona, John Furman Texas-El Paso, and John Hadl out of Kansas.

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    Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Wranglers pre-game report
    Location/time: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona; 1:15 PM MST
    Last Meeting: September 19, 1961, Arizona 31 @ Kansas City 0
    All time record: 2-1
    Point Spread: -5 (ARI)
    Over/Under: 40
    Power Rank: Arizona 1; Kansas City 4

    “AFL playoff drives Begin” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    (Portion posted article appeared in the Alexandria-Times Tribune, Alexandria, Indiana November 17, 1961 page 5)

    The Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers and the New York Jets are all fighting for the Eastern Division title and the right to play for the American Football League crown. In the West it’s all about the Arizona Wranglers and the defending Western Division champion Kansas City Chiefs as last ditch playoff drives begin this weekend. The Patriots touch off the four game AFL slate by hosting the upset minded Oakland “or should I say Memphis?” Raiders at Boston on Friday night, while the other two Eastern Division title seekers, the Jets and the defending champion Oilers, meet in Sunday afternoon’s feature at Houston. The odds makers established Boston a 6 point choice over the Raiders, picked the high flying Oilers by 4.5 over the Jets, ruled the Buffalo Bills 6 point favorites at Denver on Sunday, and picked the Wranglers to win over the rival Chiefs. The League’s television schedule has the New York-Houston game shown in the East and Midwest, the Kansas City-Arizona struggle in the Mountain and Midwest, while the Buffalo-Denver game will only be shown in Buffalo, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. Len Dawson and his Kansas City Chiefs arrive in Arizona this weekend carrying a six game win streak into Sun Devil Stadium. “Coach Stram has got himself solid ball club…..and the game we played against them back in September was against a different team…..I mean it was the Chiefs….just not the team running a six game streak,” mentioned Coach Robinson Friday morning. Kansas City Is coming off an impressive 19-7 win over the Bills, while the Wranglers come back home after drubbing the Denver Broncos up in Colorado 40-7.

    INJURY REPORT
    ARIZONA
    FB Keith Lincoln is out with a strained lower back – Bob Brooks will get the start
    G is Sam Deluca is out with a fractured ankle – George Belotti will get the start
    G Olrando Ferrante is out with a stretched ankle ligament – Ernie Barnes will get the start
    KANSAS CITY
    FB Bo Dickenson is out with a chipped knee cap – Billy Pricer will get the start
    TE Tony Romeo is out with a stretched knee ligament
    S Edward Kelley is out with a strained neck – Johnny Robinson will get the start

    STATISTICAL REPORT
    ARIZONA
    Total Offense: 2,422 passing yards; 1,542 rushing yards; 3,964 total yards; 6.2 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 2,241 yards; rush defense 814 yards; 3,055 total yards allowed; 5.3 yards per play
    KANSAS CITY
    Total Offense: 2,107 passing yards; 645 rushing yards; 2,752 total yards; 4.9 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 2,119 yards; rush defense 585 yards; 2,704 total yards allowed; 4.6 yards per play

    TEAM LEADERS
    ARIZONA
    Passing: Jack Kemp 124-222-8, 1,985 yards, 18 TD
    Rushing: Paul Lowe 172 carries, 936 yards, 10 TD
    Receiving: Don Norton 49 receptions, 1,008 yards, 8 TD
    Tackles: Bill Hudson 57 tackles
    Sacks: Chuck Allen 4 sacks, Jerry Fields 4 sacks
    Interceptions: Dick Harris 5 INT
    Passes defended: Dick Harris 8 PD
    KANSAS CITY
    Passing: Len Dawson 127-284-24, 1,829 yards, 12 TD
    Rushing: Bo Dickenson 104 carries, 337 yards, 3 TD
    Receiving: Charlie Barnes 38 receptions, 621 yards, 2 TD
    Tackles: E.J. Holub 46 tackles
    Sacks: Mel Branch 8 sacks
    Interceptions: Duane Wood 8 INT
    Passes Defended: Duane Wood 9 PD

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    (Portion posted article appeared in the Janesville Daily Gazette, Janesville, Wisconsin November 17, 1961 page 15)

    “AFL Is Ahead of Schedule” Kansas City, MI (AP) – The American Football League is ahead of schedule in its development, Commission Joe Foss said today. He reported overall attendance up 11 percent over the league’s maiden season and “what has happened this season is something we didn’t quite expect – the development of a nucleus of at least three, maybe four, solid franchises.” Foss still admitted that there were still problems in four of the eight cities, one of which will required a franchise relocation to resolve, but he pointed out that “we never looked on this as the critical year. Most of us felt the third year would be the one that gave us a good reading of what lies ahead.” The Commissioner was cheered when Memphis city fathers voted to construct a 50,000-seat stadium. He said it eliminated “the one major roadblock in the establishment of the Raiders organization as a solid franchise. Foss was taking a look at the solidity of the new professional league as it heads into the final five weeks of its second season. Last year the AFL survived a red-ink bath (the loss was about $2,500,000) to sign a goodly portion of the top college stars. He said Buffalo, Houston and Arizona look definite and apparently Boston can be grouped in there. Buffalo has finished its home season with attendance up 20 percent. Houston had two sellouts this season and its attendance is up 25 percent. Arizona’s attendance, who has nearly sold out every home game this season, average is up more than 80 percent – the Wranglers in four games have already bettered their total in Los Angeles last year for seven games – 116, 255 to 114,376. “Boston had a complete sellout its last game, even turned fans away before the kickoff,” Foss pointed out.

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    Sunday November 19, 1961
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Wranglers
    Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
    Attendance: 30,000
    Weather: Cloudy 88 degrees, Wind Calm
    Game MVP: Paul Lowe

    “Lowe Drives Wranglers to Victory” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Running back Paul Lowe carried the ball 31 times for 167 yards and 1 touchdown and guided his Wranglers to a 20-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. As it has been all season long the Wranglers jumped out an early 17-0 lead in the first half and then held off a hard charging Lenny Dawson & Company in the second half. “We charge out of the gate….then struggle to the finish. Seems to be the flavor of the day for us,” commented a relieved Coach Robinson after the game. The Wranglers struck first early in the opening quarter with a 27 yard strike from Jack Kemp to offensive end Don Norton. Kemp ended the day 12 of 14 for 223 yards a 1 touchdown. His quarterback rating on the afternoon was 112.8 and now is a league leading 100.2 for the season. “Jack is having a terrific year,” stated Quarterback Coach Bob Waterfield. His favorite target, Don Norton, hauled in 4 receptions for 60 yards and the one touchdown. The Wranglers struck again in the second quarter when versatile offensive back Paul Lowe broke free for a 52 yard gallop to pay dirt. Gary Ellsworth added a 30 yard field goal to end the scoring in the first half. The Chiefs then mounted up and rode through the Wranglers defense for a 17 point third quarter scoring spree. Fullback Billy Pricer, playing for an injured Bo Dickenson, scored from 15 yards out and his counterpart, Abner Haynes, plunged across the goal from 2 yards out during the third quarter scoring frenzy. A Len Danson pass intercepted by Wranglers linebacker Emil Karas set up a Greg Ellsworth 29 yard field goal with 6:56 left in the contest. The kick, which stayed between the posts by inches, turned out to be all the Wranglers needed to secure the “W”. The victory, the Wrangler eight of the ’61 campaign, was preserved when Chiefs kicker Josh Cameron missed a 41 yard field goal with 2:17 left on the game clock. “It was a great game…..and now we will head into the bye week with another mark in the win column,” continued Coach Robinson after the close victory. Coach also noted the exceptional play of his work horse running back Paul Lowe and a new emerging offensive threat Dave Korcourek. “Dave has pulled in 10 Kemp passes for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns over his last two outings…..He’s a big target and he is finding ways to get open,” added Coach Robinson during the post game press conference.

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    ARI – TD Don Norton 27 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 7-0 ARI
    Second Quarter
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 52 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 14-0 ARI
    ARI – FG Greg Ellsworth 30 yards; 17-0 ARI
    Third Quarter
    KC – TD Billy Pricer 15 yard run (Josh Cameron kick) 17-7 ARI
    KC – TD Abner Haynes 2 yard run (Josh Cameron kick) 17-14 ARI
    KC – FG Josh Cameron 32 yards; 17-17
    Fourth Quarter
    ARI – FG Greg Ellsworth 29 yards; 20-17 ARI

    Top Performers
    ARIZONA
    QB Jack Kemp 12-14-1, 223 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 5 yards
    RB Paul Lower 31 carries, 167 yards, 1 TD; 1 reception, 10 yards
    TE Dave Kocourek 4 receptions, 63 yards
    WR Don Norton 4 receptions, 60 yards, 1 TD
    DT Bill Hudson 5 tackles
    DT Ernie Ladd 5 tackles, 1 PD
    LB Emil Karas 7 tackles, 1 INT
    KANSAS CITY
    QB Len Dawson16-28-2, 175 yards; 1 carry, 6 yards
    FB Billy Pricer 13 carries, 49 yards, 1 TD
    TE Max Boydston 4 receptions, 48 yards
    DT Ray Collins 8 tackles
    LB Sherrill Headrick 8 tackles
    LB E. J. Holub 12 tackles

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    AFL Round up – Monday November 20, 1961

    Oakland 14 @ Boston 31; GAME MVP: RB Ron Burton 127 total yards, 1 TD
    New York 17 @ Houston 24; GAME MVP: QB George Blanda 291 yards passing, 2 TD
    Buffalo 30 @ Denver 10; GAME MVP: WR Elbert Dubenion 4 receptions, 111 yards

    Week 11 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: George Blanda (HOU) 2,745 yards; Al Dorow (NYJ) 2,466 yards; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 2,365 yards; Vito Parilli (BOS) 2,341 yards; Jack Kemp (ARI) 2,210 yards

    TD PASSES: George Blanda (HOU) 20; Jack Kemp (ARI) 19; Vito Parilli (BOS) 15; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 12; Len Dawson (KC) 12

    RECEIVING YARDS: Charley Hennigan (HOU) 1,263 yards; Don Norton (ARI) 1,070 yards; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 928 yards; Jim Colclough (BOS) 810 yards; Lionel Taylor (DEN) 804 yards

    RECEPTIONS Charley Hennigan (HOU) 61; Don Norton (ARI) 53; Don Maynard (NYJ) 51; Lionel Taylor (DEN) 48; Charlie Hardy (OAK) 48

    TD RECEPTIONS: Charley Hennigan (HOU) 10; Don Norton (ARI) 9; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 8; Jim Colclough (BOS) 7; Charlie Hardy (OAK) 7

    RUSHING YARDS: Paul Lowe (ARI) 1,105 yards; Billy Lott (BOS) 727 yards; Wilmer Fowler (BUF) 558 yards; Donnie Stone (DEN) 556 yards; Ron Burton (BOS) 523 yards

    RUSHING TDs: Paul Lowe (ARI) 11; Billy Lott (BOS) 7; Keith Lincoln (ARI) 5; Wilmer Fowler (BUF) 5; Dave Smith (HOU) 5

    TACKLES: Bud McFadin (DEN) 97 tackles; Joe Hergert (BUF) 81 tackles; Bill Roehnelt (DEN) 80 tackles; Bob Hudson (DEN) 78 tackles; Chuck McMurtry (BUF) 73

    SACKS: Bob Dee (BOS) 8.5 sacks Mel Branch (KC) 8 sacks; Mike Dukes (HOU) 7.5 sacks; Mack Yoho (BUF) 6.5 sacks; Sid Youngelman (NYJ) 6.5 sacks

    PASSES DEFENDED: Richie McCabe (BUF) 14; Phil Nugent (DEN) 12; Dick Harris (ARI) 9; Tony Banfield (HOU) 9; Duane Wood (KC) 9

    INTERCEPTIONS: Duane Wood (KC) 8; Mark Johnston (HOU) 7; Jim Wagstaff (BUF) 6; Fred Glick (HOU) 6; Dave Grayson (KC) 6

    National Football League – Week 11 report

    Los Angeles 21 @ Chicago 28; GAME MVP: WR Johnny Morris 6 receptions, 131 yards, 1 TD
    Dallas 21 @ Philadelphia 20; GAME MVP: WR Billy Howton 9 receptions, 129 yards, 1 TD
    New York 7 @ Cleveland 20; GAME MVP: WR Bobby Mitchell 4 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD
    St. Louis 42 @ Pittsburgh 45; GAME MVP: WR Dick Hoak 8 receptions, 187 yards, 2 TD
    Minnesota 17 @ San Francisco 20; GAME MVP: QB John Brodie 255 passing yards, 2 TD
    Baltimore 26 @ Washington 14; GAME MVP: FB Joe Perry 160 total yards, 2 TD

    Week 11 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: Bart Starr (GB) 2,910 yards; Johnny Unitas (BAL) 2,864 yards; John Brodie (SF) 2,848 yards; Sonny Jurgensen (PHI) 2,727 yards; Bobby Layne (PIT) 2,535 yards

    TD PASSES: Johnny Unitas (BAL) 21; Bobby Layne (PIT) 20; Bart Starr (GB) 18; John Brodie (SF) 17; Y.A. Tittle (NYG) 16

    RECEIVING YARDS: Billy Howton (DAL) 1,067 yards; Raymond Berry (BAL) 1,062 yards; Sonny Randle (STL) 1,054 yards; Red Phillips (LA) 1,012; Clyde Conner (SF) 1,005 yards

    RECEPTIONS: Clyde Conner (SF) 70; Sonny Randle (STL) 61; Billy Howton (DAL) 56; Kyle Rote (NYG) 56; Red Phillips (LA) 55

    TD RECEPTIONS: Raymond Berry (BAL) 11; Del Shofner (NYJ) 9; Bobby Walston (PHI) 8; Johnny Morris (CHI) 7; Red Phillips (LA) 7

    RUSHING YARDS: Jim Brown (CLE) 1,194 yards; Alex Webster (NYG) 942 yards; John Henry Johnson (PIT) 926 yards; Joe Perry (BAL) 906 yards; Hugh McElhenny (MIN) 856 yards

    RUSHING TDs: Jim Brown (CLE) 13; Alex Webster (NYG) 13; Jim Taylor (GB) 10; Nick Pietrosante (DET) 10; Joe Perry (BAL) 10

    TACKLES: Jerry Tubbs (DAL) 106 tackles; Chuck Howely (DAL) 106 tackles; Roy Wilkins (WAS) 105 tackles; Les Richter (LA) 101 tackles; Wayne Walker (DET) 97 tackles

    SACKS: Lou Michaels (PIT) 8.5 sacks; Roland Lakes (SF) 8 sacks; Bill Glass (DET) 7.5 sacks; Art Donovan (BAL) 7 sacks; Dick Modzelewski (NYG) 7

    PASSES DEFENDED: Ben Scotti (WAS) 15; Bernie Parrish (CLE) 14; Dicky Moegle (DAL) 13; Dave Whitsell (CHI) 12; Jimmy Harris (DAL) 12

    INTERCEPTIONS: Jimmy Patton (NYG) 12; Bobby Boyd (BAL) 7; Bernie Parrish (CLE) 7; Don Burroughs (PHI) 7; Jim Kerr (WAS) 7

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