1961 Houston Oilers Statistics

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 Roster
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, the Oilers topped the league with 513 points. On the other side of the ball, 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 provided receiving help, too.

Billy Cannon ran for a team-leading 948 yards.

Jim Norton picked off 9 opponent throws.

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

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Player Att Comp Comp % Yds Yds/Att TDs TD % Ints Int % Long Rating
George Blanda36218751.733309.2369.9226.18091.3
Jacky Lee1276652.012059.5129.464.78096.7
Dave Smith2150.03316.500.000.03395.8
Bill Groman100.
Charley Tolar100.
Billy Cannon500.000.000.0120.000.0


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Billy Cannon2009484.761 6
Charley Tolar1575773.728 4
Dave Smith602584.321 2
Claude King12504.217 2
Jacky Lee8364.50
Ken Hall7131.90
George Blanda7121.70
Bill Groman122.01
Totals45218964.261 15


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Charley Hennigan82174621.380 12
Bill Groman50117523.580 17
Billy Cannon4358613.678 9
Charley Tolar242199.132 1
Bob McLeod1417212.318 2
John White1323818.349 1
Willard Dewveall1220016.766 3
Dave Smith1013113.137 1
Claude King38327.744 1
Ken Hall12020.020 1
Julian Spence11414.014 0
George Blanda1-16-16.0-16 0
Totals254456818.080 48


Player X/CA X/CM X/CP % FGA FGM FG % Pts.
George Blanda656498.5261661.5112
Charlie Milstead11100.01


Player No. Yds Avg. Long
Jim Norton48195240.763
Ken Hall823829.850

Punt Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Billy Cannon9707.820 0
Claude King7324.610 0
Dave Smith11515.015 0
Ken Hall210.50
Totals191186.220 0

Kick Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Billy Cannon1843924.447 0
Claude King819023.841 0
Ken Hall614023.333 0
Mike Dukes45714.223 0
Charley Tolar24221.022 0
Doug Cline12424.024 0
Jack Laraway12222.022 0
Bob McLeod11313.013 0
Hogan Wharton188.00
Dave Smith155.00
Totals4394021.947 0


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Jim Norton915016.736 0
Tony Banfield813617.058 0
Mark Johnston45914.827 0
Fred Glick4287.011 0
Charlie Milstead22512.522 0
Dennit Morris13131.031 0
Jack Laraway13030.030 0
Doug Cline12424.024 0
Julian Spence12323.023 0
Orville Trask11717.017 0
Mike Dukes155.00
Totals3352816.058 0

Defense and Fumbles:

Total Scoring:

Touchdowns Other Total
Player Rush Rec Punt Kick MFG Int Fum Other FG X/C Single 2Pt Saf Points
George Blanda0016640112
Bill Groman117000108
Billy Cannon690000090
Charley Hennigan1200072
Charley Tolar41000030
Willard Dewveall300018
Claude King210000018
Dave Smith210000018
Doug Cline002000114
Bob McLeod2000012
Mark Johnston010006
John White10006
Ken Hall01000006
Charlie Milstead00101