1962 Dallas Texans season
Head Coach Hank Stram
Home Field Cotton Bowl
Results
Record 11–3
Place 1st AFL Western
Playoff Finish Won AFL Championship (Oilers)
Timeline
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The 1962 Dallas Texans season was the final season of Lamar Hunt’s American Football League franchise before its relocation to Kansas City, Missouri from Dallas, Texas.

The Texans won their first AFL championship (and only title in Dallas) when they defeated their intrastate rivals, the 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.

Coach Hank Stram was named the AFL Coach of the Year and RB Curtis McClinton (University of 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.[1]

The Texans set an AFL record for completion percentage in a season (60.6%).[2] They led the league in both points scored (389), fewest points allowed (233), and total touchdowns (50; 29 passing, 21 rushing) in 1962.[3]

Four Texans made the first-team All-AFL team in 1962: quarterback Len Dawson, middle linebacker Sherrill Headrick, left linebacker E.J. Holub, and halfback Abner Haynes.[4]

1962 AFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Selection Overall Player College
2 4 18 Sonny Gibbs TCU
3 11 39 Bobby Plummer Texas Christian
6 4 74 Donnie Davis Southern University
6 12 82 George Andrie Marquette
8 4 102 Ken Tureaud Michigan
10 4 130 John Longmeyer Southern Illinois
11 4 144 Larry Hudas Michigan St
13 4 172 Bob Moses Texas
14 4 186 Harold Hays Southern Mississippi
15 4 200 Gy Reese Southern Methodist
16 4 214 Bob Johnston Rice
17 4 228 Ray Jacobs Howard Payne
18 4 242 Dave Cloutier Maine
19 4 256 Paul Holmes Georgia
20 4 270 Amos Bullocks Southern Illinois

Regular season[edit | edit source]

The Texans clinched their initial AFL Western Division Championship in November and finished with an 11–3 regular season record. Dallas won the ‘62 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.[1] The game is the longest in the history of the American Football League.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

*: Special pre-season game site

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Attendace
Preseason
August 4 Oakland Raiders W 13–3 Lithonia, Georgia * 8,000
August 11 at San Diego Chargers L 0–17 Balboa Stadium 28,555
August 18 Oakland Raiders W 22–6 Midland, Texas
Memorial Stadium *
10,000
August 24 Denver Broncos L 24–27 (OT) Amon Carter Stadium * 18,000
August 31 Houston Oilers L 31–34 Miami Orange Bowl * 27,530
Regular Season
1 September 8 (Sat) Boston Patriots W 42–28 Cotton Bowl 32,000
2 Bye Week
3 September 23 at Oakland Raiders W 26–16 Frank Youell Field 12,500
4 September 30 Buffalo Bills W 41–21 Cotton Bowl 25,500
5 October 7 at San Diego Chargers L 28–32 Balboa Stadium 23,092
6 October 12 (Fri) at Boston Patriots W 27–7 Nickerson Field 23,874
7 October 21 New York Titans W 20–17 Cotton Bowl 17,814
8 October 28 at Houston Oilers W 31–7 Jeppesen Stadium 31,750
9 November 4 Houston Oilers L 6–14 Cotton Bowl 29,017
10 November 11 at New York Titans W 52–31 Polo Grounds 13,275
11 November 18 at Denver Broncos W 24–3 Bears Stadium 23,523
12 November 25 Oakland Raiders W 35–7 Cotton Bowl 13,557
13 December 2 at Buffalo Bills L 14–23 War Memorial Stadium 35,261
14 December 9 Denver Broncos W 17–10 Cotton Bowl 19,137
15 December 16 San Diego Chargers W 26–17 Cotton Bowl 18,384
1962 AFL Championship Game
December 23 Houston Oilers W 20–17 (2OT) Jeppesen Stadium 37,981

1962 AFL Championship[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 14 0 0 20
Oilers 0 0 7 10 17




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