Lance Alworth

Lance Alworth, born in 1940, American football player, who was the first member of the American Football League (AFL) to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The graceful, acrobatic receiver averaged 18.9 yards per reception during his 11-season career.

Born in Houston

Born in Houston, Texas, Lance Dwight Alworth was a popular and heavily recruited high school star in Texas before attending the University of Arkansas. He played halfback on the powerful Arkansas teams of the early 1960s and earned the nickname Bambi for his speed, agility, and leaping ability. He also led the nation in punt returns in 1960 and 1961.

Alworth was selected by the San Diego Chargers

Alworth was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 1962 AFL draft and soon proved to be a tough and durable wide receiver. Let loose in the aggressive passing game advocated by head coach Sid Gillman, Alworth and quarterback John Hadl combined to form the new league`s most exciting offensive duo. They led the Chargers to the AFL championship in 1963. In 1965 Alworth had one of the best seasons of any receiver in professional football history. He caught 69 passes for 1602 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Alworth played nine seasons with the Chargers

Alworth played nine seasons with the Chargers and made the All-AFL squad seven consecutive times (1963-1969). He then played two years with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) before retiring in 1972. During his career he caught 542 passes for 10,266 yards and 85 touchdowns. Alworth was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.

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