LANCE ALWORTH

LANCE ALWORTH

Class of 1978
Flanker >>> 6-0, 184
(Arkansas)
1962-1970 San Diego Chargers, 1971-1972 Dallas Cowboys

Lance Dwight Alworth ... 1961 Arkansas All-American ... First AFL star to be enshrined ... All-AFL seven times, 1963-1969 ... Played in seven AFL All-Star games ... Caught passes in 96 straight games ... AFL receiving leader three years ... Scored first Dallas TD in Super Bowl VI win ... Nicknamed "Bambi" for smooth, graceful, spectacular moves ... Career record: 542 receptions, 10,266 yards, 85 TDs ... Born August 3, 1940, in Houston, Texas.

Al Davis was an assistant coach with the 1962 San Diego Chargers of the American Football League when he signed a flanker Lance Alworth to a contract after a spirited bidding battle with the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers.

Davis recalls his feelings when he snagged this first big AFL prize of the budding inter-league war of the 1960s. "Lance Alworth was one of maybe three players in my lifetime who had what I would call ‘it.’ You could see right from the start that he was going to be a super-star."

Lance epitomized the glamorous, crowd-pleasing, deadly effective approach to football the Chargers exhibited in the early years of the AFL, enjoying nine exceptional years in San Diego before shifting to Dallas for a final two years with the 1971 and 1972 Cowboys. His patented leaping catches and blazing after-the-catch runs are legendary. Statistics many times are misleading, but in Alworth's case, they are not.

In 11 pro seasons, he caught 542 passes for 10,266 yards, an 18.94-yard average and 85 touchdowns. During his nine seasons with the Chargers, the graceful receiver averaged more than 50 catches and 1,000 yards per season.

He was named All-AFL seven straight years from 1963 to 1969 and played in the league's last seven All-Star games. He caught at least one pass in every AFL game he played, including a then-record 96 straight regular-season games and 105 in a row, if you count two AFL title games and seven All-Star appearances.

It seemed only fitting that in 1978 he became the first AFL player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As Charley Hennigan, himself a great receiving star with the Houston Oilers, once said: "A player comes along once in a lifetime who alone is worth the price of admission. Lance Alworth was that player!"

Year Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1962 San Diego
4
10
226
22.6
3
1963 San Diego
14
61
1205
19.8
11
1964 San Diego
12
61
1235
20.2
13
1965 San Diego
14
69
1602
23.2
14
1966 San Diego
13
73
1383
18.9
13
1967 San Diego
11
52
1010
19.4
9
1968 San Diego
14
68
1312
19.3
10
1969 San Diego
14
64
1003
15.7
4
1970 San Diego
14
35
608
17.4
4
1971 Dallas
12
34
487
14.3
2
1972 Dallas
14
15
195
13.0
2
Career Total
136
542
10,266
18.9
85
 
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 2-1-50; Rushing: 24-129, 2 TDs; Scoring: TDs: 85, 0-1 XP; Punt Returns: 29-309; Kickoff Returns: 10-216
Full Name: Lance Dwight Alworth

Birthdate: August 3, 1940

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

High School: Brookhaven (MS)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame:
January 14, 1978

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame:
July 29, 1978

Presenter:
Al Davis, Managing General Partner, Raiders and former Chargers End Coach

Other Members of Class of 1978: Weeb Ewbank, Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans, Ray Nitschke, Larry Wilson

Pro Career: 11 seasons, 136 games

Drafted: 2nd round (9th overall) by Oakland Raiders, AFL

Uniform Number: 19, (24)

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