1961 Houston Oilers Roster

American Football League (AFL)
Team Record: 10-3-1
Finishing 1st in the AFL's East Division
Postseason: 1-0 Won Championship
Coach: Wally Lemm (9-0)
Coach: Lou Rymkus (1-3-1)
Location: Houston, Texas
1961 Houston Oilers Statistics
1961 Houston Oilers Results

The Houston Oilers of the American Football League ended the 1961 season with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses and 1 ties, finishing first in the AFL's East Division. The team compiled a postseason mark of 1-0.

Offensively, Houston topped the league with 513 points. At the same time, the defense allowed 242 points. George Blanda led the charge, passing for 3,330 yards. Charley Hennigan topped pass catchers, hauling in 82 passes for 1,746 yards. Bill Groman was targeted regularly, too.

Billy Cannon ran for a team-leading 948 yards for the Oilers.

Jim Norton picked off 9 errant tosses from the opposition.

Wally Lemm and Lou Rymkus coached the team. The 1961 Houston Oilers won the Championship.

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# Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight College Hometown GP GS
80Dalva AllenLDEJanuary 13, 19356'4"245HoustonGonzales, TX USA140
40Tony BanfieldLCBDecember 18, 19376'1"185Oklahoma St.Independence, KS USA1414
78Byron BeamsT-DTSeptember 8, 19296'6"248Notre DameKonowa, OK USA70
57George BelottiCNovember 29, 19346'4"250USCLos Angeles, CA USA40
16George BlandaKSeptember 17, 19276'2"215KentuckyYoungwood, PA USA1411
37Ron BotchanLBFebruary 15, 19356'1"238OccidentalBrooklyn, NY USA140
20Billy CannonHBAugust 2, 19376'1"207LSUPhiladelphia, MS USA140
31Doug ClineLLBMarch 22, 19386'2"230ClemsonValdese, NC USA140
88Willard DewveallEApril 29, 19366'4"224SMUSpringtown, TX USA70
30Mike DukesRLBMarch 16, 19366'3"235ClemsonLouisville, KY USA140
75Don FloydRDEJuly 10, 19386'3"245TCUAbilene, TX USA140
62Dick FreyDEDecember 17, 19296'2"235Texas A&M70
27Fred GlickRSFebruary 25, 19376'1"195Colorado St.Aurora, CO USA120
89Bill GromanWRJuly 17, 19366'0"194HeidelbergTiffin, OH USA140
60Buzz GuyG-T-DTMarch 20, 19366'3"248DukeNew Castle, PA USA10
33John GuzikLBJuly 12, 19366'3"231PittsburghLawrence, PA USA30
21Ken HallHB-PDecember 13, 19356'1"205Texas A&MSugar Land, TX USA30
87Charley HenniganWRMarch 19, 19356'1"187LSUBienville, LA USA140
82Ed HusmannRDTAugust 6, 19316'2"245NebraskaSchuyler, NE USA140
70Al JamisonLTMay 11, 19376'5"250Colgate140
41Mark JohnstonRCBMarch 4, 19386'0"203NorthwesternSycamore, IL USA140
25Gene JonesLBOctober 18, 19366'0"200RiceWoodson, TX USA10
73Bob KellyT-DTAugust 18, 19406'2"270New Mexico St.Carlsbad, NM USA140
46Claude KingHBDecember 3, 19385'11"185Houston110
34Jack LarawayLBSeptember 20, 19356'1"220PurdueErie, PA USA100
15Jacky LeeQBJuly 11, 19396'1"189CincinnatiMinneapolis, MN USA143
81Bob McLeodTENovember 10, 19386'4"240Abilene ChristianSweetwater, TX USA140
77Rich MichaelRTNovember 15, 19386'3"242Ohio St.Hamilton, OH USA140
12Charlie MilsteadQB-DBNovember 21, 19376'2"190Texas A&MTyler, TX USA80
50Dennit MorrisMLBApril 15, 19366'1"228OklahomaHanna, OK USA140
43Jim NortonLSOctober 20, 19386'3"190IdahoGlendale, CA USA140
64Willis PerkinsDE-GFebruary 14, 19346'0"260Texas SouthernColumbus, TX USA10
66Leo ReedT-GJanuary 3, 19406'4"240Colorado St.Kahuku, HI USA50
52Bob SchmidtCJuly 9, 19366'4"248MinnesotaRochester, MN USA120
74George ShirkeyDTAugust 20, 19366'4"260S.F. AustinFort Stockton, TX USA70
32Dave SmithFBMarch 23, 19376'1"210RiponMilwaukee, WI USA140
24Julian SpenceDB-FLMay 5, 19295'11"170Sam Houston St.Austin, TX USA100
61Bob TalaminiLGJanuary 8, 19396'1"255KentuckyLouisville, KY USA140
44Charley TolarFBSeptember 5, 19375'6"199NW State (LA)Natchitoches, LA USA140
79Orville TraskLDTDecember 3, 19346'4"260RicePueblo, CO USA140
63Hogan WhartonRGDecember 13, 19356'2"250HoustonHood County, TX USA140
86John WhiteTEOctober 9, 19356'3"230Texas Southern140
22Gary WisenerDBAugust 24, 19386'1"206BaylorWarren, AR USA50