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    Monday December 17, 1951

    “Garza brings home hardware” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Rookie Offensive End Dan Garza was named the National Conference Rookie of the year this morning. Garza hauled in 52 receptions for 914 yards and 2 touchdowns. His 17.6 YPC was good enough for 6th in the league. Garza was also responsible for 41 San Diego first downs.

    AC Offensive MVP Award: Mac Speedie (CLE) 55 receptions, 1,069 yards, 8 TD
    AC Defensive MVP Award: Chuck Bednarik (PHI) 94 tackles, 1 FF, 5 PD, 2 INT
    AC Offensive Rookie of the Year: Bobby Walston (PHI) 25 receptions, 469 yards, 1 TD
    AC Defensive Rookie of the Year: Gene Brito (WAS) 45 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 FF, 3 PD

    NC Offensive MVP Award: Norm Van Brocklin (LA) 153-367-19, 2,808 yards, 19 TD
    NC Defensive MVP Awards: Frank Dempsey (CHI) 86 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT
    NC Offensive Rookie of the Year: Dan Garza (SD) 52 receptions, 914 yards, 2 TD
    NC Defensive Rookie of the Year: Rex Berry (SF) 51 tackles, 2 FF, 12 PD, 6 INT, 1 TD

    NFL MVP/Player of the Year: Norm Van Brocklin (LA)
    Assoicated Press Player of the Year: Mac Speedie (CLE)
    NFL Rookie of the Year: Rex Berry (SF)
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year: Frank Dempsey (CHI)
    Golden Toe Award: Mike Young (SF)
    NFL Comeback Player of the Year: Alyn Beals (SF)
    NFL Coach of the Year: Paul Brown (Cleveland Browns)
    Al Blozis Award (awarded to best offensive lineman): George Conner (CHI)
    Buford "Baby" Ray Award (awarded to best defensive lineman): Bill Willis (CLE)
    Don Hutson Award (awarded to NFL receiving leader): Tom Fears (LA)
    George McAfee Award (awarded to NFL rushing leader): Billy Stone (CHI)
    Sid Luckman Award (awarded to NFL passing leader): Norm Van Brocklin (LA)
    Irvin Henry Comp Jr. Award (awarded to NFL intereption leader): Tommy James (CLE)
    Clarke Hinkle Award (awarded to NFL tackles leader): Chuck Bednarik (PHI)
    Bronko Nagurski Award (awarded to top NFL Fullback): Billy Stone (CHI)
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    Sunday, December 23, 1951
    NFL Championship: (9-3) Los Angeles Rams vs. (10-2) Cleveland Browns
    Location/time: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, 3:15 PST
    Attendance: 59,475
    Weather: Cloudy, 66 Degrees
    Network: DuMont
    Announcers: Harry Wismer and Earl Gillespie
    Game MVP: FB Marion Motley

    “Browns cruise to victory – Motley crowned MVP” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

    “Van Brocklin and the Rams fall short of NFL Title” – The Los Angeles Times

    Plays from scrimmage: Los Angeles 68 (17 First Downs); Cleveland 65 (12 First Downs)
    Rushing: Los Angeles 19 for 169 yards (8.9 avg); Cleveland 26 for 187 yards (7.2 avg)
    Pass plays: Los Angeles 16 for 45 (36%) 2 TD, 4 INT; Cleveland 14 for 37 (38%) 3 TD, 2 INT
    Passing: Los Angeles 370 yards (8.2 per play); Cleveland 275 yards (7.4 per play)
    Sacked: Los Angeles 4 times for 17 yards; Cleveland 2 times for 10 yards
    Turnovers: Los Angeles 5; Cleveland 2
    Fumbles: Los Angeles 1 (1 lost); Cleveland 0 (0 lost)
    Penalties: Los Angeles 2 for 10 yards; Cleveland 4 for 40 yards
    Punts: Los Angeles 6 punts for 266 yards (44.3 avg); Cleveland 9 punts for 411 yards (45.7 avg)
    Punt Returns: Los Angeles 8 returns for 56 yards (7.0 avg); Cleveland 6 returns for 64 yards (10.7 avg)
    Kick returns: Los Angeles 1 return for 29 yards (29.0 avg); Cleveland 2 returns for 73 yards (36.5 avg)
    Field Goals: Los Angeles 0 made, 2 missed (45, 22); Cleveland 1 made (24), 0 missed
    Third Down: Los Angeles 2 for 11 (18%); Cleveland 3 for 13 (23%)
    Red Zone: Los Angeles 2 for 4 (0 FG, 2 TD); Cleveland 4 for 4 (1 FG, 3 TD)
    Time of Possession: Los Angeles 27:07; Cleveland 32:53

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    LA – TD Dick Hoerner 3 yard run (Marc Whipple kick) 7-0 LA
    CLE – TD Ken Carpeter 73 yard run (Brian Kennison kick) 7-7
    Second Quarter
    CLE – TD Mac Speedie 14 yard pass from Otto Graham (Brian Kennison kick) 14-7 CLE
    LA – TD Tom Fears 19 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Marc Whipple kick) 14-14
    Third Quarter
    CLE – TD Mac Speedie 11 yard pass from Otto Graham (Brian Kennison kick) 21-14 CLE
    CLE – TD Cliff Lewis 47 yard Interception return (Brian Kennison kick) 28-14 CLE
    CLE – TD Marion Motley 2 yard run (Brian Kennison kick) 35-14 CLE
    LA – TD Glenn Davis 85 yard run (Marc Whipple kick) 35-21 CLE
    Fourth Quarter
    LA – TD Dick Hoerner 51 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Marc Whipple kick) 35-28 CLE
    CLE – TD Marion Motley 26 yard pass from Otto Graham (Brian Kennison kick) 42-28 CLE
    CLE – FG Brian Kennison 24 yards; 45-28 CLE

    Top Performers
    CLEVELAND
    QB Otto Graham 14-37-2, 268 yards, 3 TD
    HB Ken Carpenter 8 carries, 104 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions, 18 yards
    FB Marion Motley 15 carries, 69 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD
    End Mac Speedie 4 receptions, 82 yards, 2 TD
    End Dante Lavelli 3 receptions, 81 yards
    LB Alex Agase 15 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PD
    S Cliff Lewis 7 tackles, 3 INT, 1 TD
    LOS ANGELES
    QB Norm Van Brocklin 16-45-4, 380 yards, 2 TD
    HB Glenn Davis 14 carries, 144 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions, 20 yards
    FB Dick Hoerner 5 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD; 4 receptions, 111 yards, 1 TD
    End Tom Fears 6 receptions, 139 yards, 1 TD
    End Elroy Hirsch 3 receptions, 99 yards
    CB Tom Keane 8 tackles
    CB Woodley Lewis 5 tackles, 2 INT
    CB Jamie Thomas 7 tackles
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    Rules/system update as I continue league under new name “Round 2 ‘NOT IN’ Southern Cal”
    System: Football Mogul 2020
    Kickoff Location: 40 yard line
    Touchback on kickoffs: 20 yard line
    Extra Point hash mark: 2 yard line
    No Overtime and no 2 point conversions
    Not sure if you can call this a fantasy blog - as I am going to running this as a Historical Fiction story -
    using actual events (from newspapers) to set the tone surrounding the expansion organization

    “Round 2 ‘NOT IN’ Southern Cal (Continuation of a failed attempt to bring football to Southern California in 1951) – Dsiclaimer: I was unable to establish the AFL in 1960 under my original FM2020 “1951- An Experiment in Expansion” To establish the foundation of the AFL in 1960 I had to start a new game – then I began the process of the changing statistical data between the two games – well as best I could….as an example – retired players like Otto Graham and his league leading 35,000+ yards could not be moved…..but Bobby Layne’s 27,000+ could…..using the ‘Sortable Stats’ tab. So, in short, 1951-59 standings and statistics are from game 1 (1951 – An Experiment in Expansion” and 1960 to my current date of 1961 is game 2 (Round 2 'NOT IN' Southern Cal)………I really in enjoyed playing through the decade of the 50’s but could not expand past the 1960 inclusion of the AFL – We’ll see how the 1970 AFL/NFL merger plays out.

    Notable changes since 1951
    Chicago Cardinals moved to St. Louis in 1951
    Washington Redskins – name change to Washington Federals in 1951
    New York Titans – name change to New York Jets
    Kansas City instead of Dallas (AFL) in 1960 – Birth of the Kansas City Chiefs a few years early
    And, of course, the relocation of the Los Angeles Chargers – Stay tuned
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    Here is a brief update about what transpired after the 1951 season

    The Cleveland Browns ended the 1951 campaign with a convincing win over the Los Angeles Rams 45-28. It would turn out to be Otto Graham and the Browns last appearance in an NFL title game. Cleveland finished Eastern Division runners up four times and compiled an overall record of 65-50-5.

    The Los Angeles Rams would make a total of three trips to the Championship game in ’51, ’52 and ’55. They would lose all three.

    The New York Giants began their decade of dominance with a 24-7 victory over the L.A. Rams in the 1952 championship game. The Giants advanced to the title game five more time in ’53, ’54, ’55, ’57 and ’59. Starting signal caller Charlie Conerly won two Championship MVP awards in 1954 and 1955. New York rolled into the 1960’s with a 75-41-4 record and three world championships.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers established themselves as a champion a few decades early. The Steelers used a punishing ground game and solid defense to propel themselves toward two NFL Titles….in 1956 and 1958.

    The San Diego organization departed for Baltimore in 1953 after Altizer Inc. sold off their primary shares. Their stay in Southern California produced two dismal seasons with a limited fan base. The Chargers finished their stay in San Diego with a 2-19-3 record. San Diego’s most lopsided defeat came at the hands of the L.A. Rams in 1952. The Final score was 63-7. They also carried a losing streak of 8 in a row to Baltimore…..which finished the 1953 season 0-12 and started the 1954 season 0-2. The 22 game losing streak was the longest of the decade.

    Unlikely hero’s of the Decade:

    Cardinals Offensive End Fran Polsfoot hauled in 604 receptions for 10,058 yards and 52 touchdowns on a team that finished last in the NFL East 6 times.

    Giants Linebacker John Cannady captained perhaps the best defense of the decade. He played in 5 NFL Title games before he retired in 1958. Cannady ended his playing days with 700 tackles and 40 quarterback sacks.

    Playing for two teams, the Cardinals and Colts, defensive back Jerry Davis racked up 64 interceptions, 70 passes defended, and 272 tackles, during his ten year potential Hall of Fame career. Davis retired after his Colts won the NFL title in 1959. In his last game he had 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery.
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    NFL Tile games
    1951: (10-2) Cleveland Browns 45 @ (9-3) Los Angeles Rams 28
    1952: (9-2-1) Los Angeles Rams 7 @ (10-2) New York Giants 24
    1953: (7-3-2) San Francisco 49ers 34 @ (10-1-1) New York Giants 10
    1954: (9-3) New York Giants 26 @ (9-2-1) San Francisco 49ers 13
    1955: (9-2-1) Los Angeles Rams 14 @ (9-2-1) New York Giants 24
    1956: (7-3-2) Green Bay Packers 28 @ (9-3) Pittsburgh Steelers 31
    1957: (8-4) New York Giants 17 @ (9-3) San Francisco 49ers 21
    1958: (7-3-2) Detroit Lions 13 @ (8-4) Pittsburgh Steelers 14
    1959: (8-3-1) New York Giants 21 @ (10-2) Baltimore Colts 40
    1960: (8-3-1) Pittsburgh Steelers 0 @ (8-2-2) Baltimore Colts 21

    AFL Title game
    1960: (9-5) Kansas City Chiefs 14 @ (11-3) Houston Oilers 28

    League Leaders through the 1960 Season
    PASSING
    Passing Yards: Otto Graham 35,421 yds; Bobby Layne 27,063 yds; Norm Van Brocklin 26,363 yds
    Passes Comp.: Otto Graham 2,437; Sammy Baugh 2,042; Bobby Layne 1,886
    Passes Att: Otto Graham 4,785; Bobby Layne 3,937; Norm Van Brocklin 3,767
    Passing TD: Otto Graham 243; Sammy Baugh 196; Norm Van Brocklin 190
    RUSHING
    Rushing Yards: Joe Perry 9,043 yds; Steve Van Buren 6,827 yds; Pat Harder 6,393 yds
    Rushing Att: Joe Perry 1,654; Steve Van Buren 1,540; Eddie Price 1,433
    Rushing TD; Steve Van Buren 71; Joe Perry 71; Eddie Price 62
    RECEIVING
    Receiving Yards: Fran Polsfoot 10,058 yds; Jim Keane 9,291 yds; Mac Speedie 9,228 yds
    Receptions: Fran Polsfoot 604; Dante Lavelli 574; Jim Keane 539
    Rec. TD: Dante Lavelli 67; Jim Keane 61; Bob Mann 57
    DEFENSE
    Tackles: Chuck Bednarik 1,037; Bill George 808; Leo Nomellini 707
    Sacks: Leo Nomellini 87; Chuck Bednarik 83.5; Ernie Stautner 81.5
    Int: Emlen Tunnell 77; Bob Smith 67; Jerry Davis 64
    PD: Emlen Tunnell 108; Night Train Lane 85; Warren Lahr 69
    KICK/PUNT
    Field Goals: Josh Morrissy 153; Justin Backus 150; Mike Young 143
    PAT: Marc Whipple 360; Galen Ruffle 344; Justin Backus 333
    Punts: Justin Van Zant 716; Ford McLin 706; Jason Morris 697
    Punt yards: Justin Van Zant 29,781 yds; Rob Sebesta 29,624; Jason Morris 29,580

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    Monday, Jan 9, 1961

    “Phoenix/Tempe area possible landing spot for AFL Franchise” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Retired Union Carbide Corporation executive and Financial Mogul Edward Wright has started negotiations with principle owner Barron Hilton to acquire the AFL Franchise based in Los Angeles. Wright, who resides in Port Lavaca, Texas mentioned to Mitchell Monday morning that he has communicated his intentions to relocate the franchise if the AFL and its Commissioner Joe Foss approve the purchase. If the sale is, indeed, approved by the AFL ownership group we could see professional football in the great state of Arizona this fall. Another city in consideration due to established grounds at Balboa Park is San Diego, California. So the question on every AFL’s fans mind is where will the Chargers play football in ’61?……the Coliseum, Balboa Park, or Sun Devil Stadium.

    Sunday January 15, 1961 – The Progress Index – Petersburg, Virginia (portion of posted article actual newspaper clip from The Progress Index January 15, 1961 page 20)

    “AFL Invites NFL to Title Game in ‘61” – Houston, Tex. (AP) – The year old American Football League Saturday invited the National Football League to participate in a “true world championship game” matching their 1961 champions. ‘This annual game would, from the beginning, be the showpiece of all football games in America,” said Joe Foss, AFL commissioner. The AFL’s invitation was extended in a telegram Foss sent to Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner. AFL club owners had concluded a three-day winter meeting by unanimously approving the proposal. In the telegram to Rozelle, Foss said, “We feel that the country’s millions of fans deserve a true world series game” Foss said executives of his young league believe such a playoff would be the climax for the professional football season and a necessary reward for loyal fans of both leagues. Foss also mentioned that the ownership group voted on the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Chargers, but gave no indication of how the vote turned out. Barron Hilton, who perhaps attended his last ownership group meeting, was not immediately available for comment.

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    Monday Jan 16, 1961

    “Sale approved – Ownership shift assured” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    AFL Commissioner Joe Foss and the seven current team owners approved the purchase of the Los Angeles Chargers by Edward Wright late Sunday morning.. “I am proud to announce that a deal has been struck between Hilton, Commissioner Foss and the other owners…….,” announced Mr. Wright in a press conference immediately following the closed door negotiations. As part of the deal Wright agreed to pay the AFL a franchise relocation fee of $198,850 making it apparent the he intends on moving the team before the ’61 season. Specific details concerning the negotiated sale price was not immediately made available. However, it was disclosed the Head Coach/General Manager Sid Gilman and his coaching staff will stay on the payroll whether the team lands in San Diego or Phoenix. Mr. Wright also noted that his cousin James Wright, principle owner of Wright Brothers Construction, and three other private investors have offered to build a 50,000 seat stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Chargers new owner will depart Los Angeles tomorrow morning bound for Phoenix, Arizona. There he will meet with ‘The Phoenix Four’, as they have been dubbed by the local press, and city officials concerning a proposed construction site. In addition, Mr. Wright has an appointment with Arizona State University officials to discuss the terms of a ‘temporary’ use of University facilities. Then it’s back to Southern California to talk with San Diego city officials about the possible use of the city owned Balboa Stadium, which can seat roughly 34,500 spectators with improvements made in 1951 by Altizer Incorporated.

    Tuesday January 31, 1961

    “New Team…New Town” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Edward Wright arrived in Phoenix, Arizona yesturday afternoon with the intent of making the desert oasis his new permanent residence. “All is in place….Arizonians’ get ready for professional football,” exclaimed Wright when the local press caught up with him Monday evening. Wright and ‘The Phoenix Four’ met with Mayor Samuel Mardian Jr. and the city council to finalize AFL club’s conditions of transfer. Mayor Mardian was optimistic that all tabled details could be worked out and a favorable decision could be made concerning the new stadium in Glendale. In addition, Mr. Mardian and Mr. Wright also noted that the AFL ballclub will play its home games at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium for the 1961 and perhaps the 1962 season, dependent upon the completion of the Glendale stadium site. Mr. Wright, who will make his new home in Tempe, Arizona, has agreed to assist the University with possible future expansion of Sun Devil Stadium as part of the deal struck with University officials. When asked about the ‘Phoenix Four’, Mr. Wright has this to say, “Other than my cousin James…..the other three investors prefer to remain anonymous and we will honor their wishes.” During the Tuesday evening interview The Arizona Republic was made aware of a minor, previously undisclosed, decision by the AFL ownership group. Due to a clause written into the 1953 transfer of ownership from Altizer Inc. to the Baltimore based group headed by Carl Rosenbloom. The Chargers official team name and logo must remain in Southern California for a any future NFL expansion processes. When the American Football League established themselves in 1959 they, in turn, petitioned their big brother for rights to the Chargers team logo and met the conditions set forth by Altizer Inc.. In short, when the Wright’s AFL gridders arrive in town, they will do so under a new official team name, logo, and colors. Mr. Wright was in no hurry to give out any indications that any decision has been made concerning the aforementioned issues.
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    Friday February 3, 1961

    “Flag Blue, Yellow, Red, Copper and White – Arizona meet your WRANGLERS” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    The Phoenix based franchise unveiled new team colors and logo Thursday afternoon. The new team logo was designed by Arizona State Student J.T. Sherman. His Colorful creation was chosen from nearly 900 entries. “The colors represent the often talked about Arizona sunsets. The name represents professional wranglers throughout this state and the rest of the county. My father, a cowboy and a herder himself from the great state of Texas, defined the very words of hard work and determination. This team will embrace that work ethic and we will bring a championship to the great state of Arizona,” exclaimed Edward Wright.

    Monday February 13, 1961

    “Wranglers ink two linebackers” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Wranglers Head Coach/General Manager Sid Gilman has announced the addition of two new players. Jerry Field, 6’1” 222 lbs, out Ohio State has agreed to a two year deal with a minor signing bonus. Fields was drafted by the New York Giants in 13th round (179th overall pick). In addition, The Wranglers added University of Mississippi Linebacker Jackie Simpson to the roster. Simpson, a 6’0” 225 lbs rookie, expects to battle Jerry Fields and second year man Bob Laraba for a starting job. Linebackers Coach Jim Champion is pretty excited for training camp to start. “We got Fields and Simpson coming in joining incumbents Laraba and Karas…..I am darn excited about that. Now if we can get a deal down with Allen I will be completely satisfied with our linebacker corp.” Champion is referring to University of Washington draft pick Chuck Allen. Allen was drafted in December by the L.A. Chargers (now Arizona Wranglers) in 28th round of the AFL draft (224th overall). He was also drafted by the L.A. Rams in the17th round of the NFL draft (228th overall). Mr. Allen has yet to commit to a team.

    1961 AFL Draft Report (from November 21-22 & December 5-6, 1961)
    1st round, Earl Faison (7th overall) DE, Indiana (Signed Jan 2, 1961)
    2nd round, Keith Lincoln (16th overall) FB, Washington State (Signed Jan 2, 1961)
    6th round, Calvin Bird (48th overall) HB, Kentucky (Signed Jan 2, 1961)
    7th round, Claude Gibson (55th overall) DB, North Carolina St (Signed Jan 2, 1961)
    9th round, Bob Scarpitto (71st overall) FL, Notre Dame (Signed Jan 2, 1961)
    10th round, Willie Hector (80th overall) G, Pacific (Signed Jan 9, 1961)
    14th round, Billy Wilson (112th overall T, Auburn (Signed Jan 9, 1961)
    15th round, Ernie Ladd (119th overall) DT, Grambling St. (Signed Jan 2, 1961)
    16th round, Bud Whitehead (128th overall) DB, Florida St. (Signed Jan 2, 1961)
    27th round, Luther Hayes (215th overall) E, USC (Signed Jan 9, 1961)
    28th round, Chuck Allen (22th overall) LB, Washington (Remains unsigned as of Feb 13, 1962)

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    Wednesday February 15, 1961

    “Daily, Harland Get Wrangler Posts” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Thomas ‘Tom’ Daily, sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, has been named public relations director for the Arizona Wranglers. He will succeed Don Richman, who resigned with the relocation of the American Football League franchise from Los Angeles to Phoenix. Daily attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 1947, has worked for the Arizona Daily Star for the past three years. Prior to Daily’s post with the Star, he served as Arizona State College at Flagstaff’s athletic public director from 1948 through August 1958. Daily, who will begin his new adventure with the Wranglers on Thursday, will be succeeded by associate sports writer Bobby Herbert. Meanwhile, John Harland has been named Wranglers Associate General Manager. Harland arrives in Phoenix after a five year run with the Baltimore Colts as the Director of Player Personnel. With Gilman acting as Head Coach and General Manager, Harland’s primary function will be to assist Gilman in his role as General Manager. Harland was instrumental in getting two time world champion quarterback Johnny Unitas to Baltimore. “He has a great football ‘personnel’ instinct…..and is great at day to day paperwork as well,” stated a smiling Sid Gilman. Gilman was on his way to inspect the practice facilities at Arizona State College at Flagstaff. His team is scheduled to report for training camp there on July 25.

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    Friday March 17, 1961

    “Wranglers sign three; Rounds up Front Office” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Public Relations Director Tom Daily coordinated a press release and a “meet and greet” with HC/GM Sid Gilman and Associate GM John Harland to announce the signing of three key football figures Thursday night. First up was Jack Kemp. The Wranglers inked the quarterback to a three year deal keeping him in a Wranglers uniform through the 1963 season. Kemp, an American Football League premiere-quarterback, completed 204 of 397 passes for 2,997 yards and 19 touchdowns. He guided the then Los Angeles Chargers to a close second place finish in the Western Division last year. Gilman and Harland were also proud to announce that all word tackle Big Ernie Wright, who started all fourteen games in L.A. last season, will remain in Phoenix, Arizona through the 1964 season. Gilman mentioned that Wright is one the finest pass protection tackles in the league. Then in a surprising statement, Gilman declared that Ex-Montreal gridder Bill Hudson has signed a seven year deal to play ball in Arizona. Hudson, a 6’4” 270 pound tackle, appeared in fifty-one games with the Montreal Allouettes of the Canadian Big Four Football League. Gilman deferred all questions to Harland concerning the unusual signing of the big man. “We were able to negotiate with William due to a technicality in his contract with Montreal.” When asked where Mr. Hudson might fit into the Wranglers roster, Harland returned, “Well our offensive line is pretty solid…..So we will give him a shot at the defensive line.” To close the evening press conference Harland also announced the front office additions to the organization. Edwin Wright has been named President of Football Operations. Larry Wright earned the position of Director of Player Personnel. And finally Thomas Schrader was named Chief Operating officer. “Now we can down to the business of building a winning program here in Arizona.”

    Friday March 17, 1961

    “Two Wranglers attend 2nd Round of NCAA Tourney” – Bobby Herbert, Arizona Daily Star

    ASU Alum Greg Ellsworth, Wranglers place kicker, and Luther Hayes a rookie offensive end out of USC have been spotted in Portland, Oregon home of the ’61 West Region NCAA tournament. Ellsworth signed with the L.A. Chargers in December of ’60 a month before the ball club uprooted and re-planted itself in Phoenix, Arizona. He must have been pretty excited watching his Sun Devils upset the Redhawks of Seattle 72-70. The two point victory is first time in NCAA tournament play that the Sun Devils have managed to emerge as the winners. Arizona State will face USC tonight, who squeaked by Oregon 81-79, in a feature attraction between two determined clubs.

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