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Old 03-08-2017, 11:10 PM
 
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OL pulling out and leading ball carriers down the field. Not talking about reaching the 2nd level but beyond that. Usually guards. Think Jerry Kramer and Gale Gillingham. Or center Jim Otto. And then there was OT Ron Mix who IMO was in a class by himself. Can still see him ahead of Paul Lowe and Keith Lincoln leading them for 50 yds. into the end zone.


Colts drafted him but lost out to the AFL. He sure would've looked nice as the RT bookend to Jim Parker, although I had reservations about his ability as a pass blocker. I considered him as a barely adequate pass blocker for the early-mid 1960s AFL but as for the NFL?????


As an aside, he once said that his top pay as an All-League and later HOF OT was $14K.
In the first 6 years of AFL history, the San Diego Chargers were in the championship game 5 times. And Paul Lowe, Keith Lincoln, and Ron Mix were 3 big reasons. In the 1963 AFL Championship game, they steamrolled the Boston Patriots 51-10. Shortly afterwards as the story goes, the Charger front office challenged the Chicago Bears to a super bowl of sorts. Chicago had just beaten the NY Giants to win the NFL Championship.

At that time the NFL's opinion of the AFL changed. For the first few years the established NFL just laughed at the younger league and the scribe who was leading the charge regarding NFL royalty was Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Tex Maule.

After a while this started grating on the AFL. And the Chargers told the Bears, "we'll play on your field, in front of your fans." In fact a book has been written about the San Diego Chargers from that season. It was released last September called--"The Uncrowned Champions-How the 1963 San Diego Chargers Would Have Won the Super Bowl." It's written by Dave Steidel, who wrote the classic book "Remember the AFL."
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Old 03-09-2017, 12:03 PM
 
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In the first 6 years of AFL history, the San Diego Chargers were in the championship game 5 times. And Paul Lowe, Keith Lincoln, and Ron Mix were 3 big reasons. In the 1963 AFL Championship game, they steamrolled the Boston Patriots 51-10. Shortly afterwards as the story goes, the Charger front office challenged the Chicago Bears to a super bowl of sorts. Chicago had just beaten the NY Giants to win the NFL Championship.

At that time the NFL's opinion of the AFL changed. For the first few years the established NFL just laughed at the younger league and the scribe who was leading the charge regarding NFL royalty was Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Tex Maule.

After a while this started grating on the AFL. And the Chargers told the Bears, "we'll play on your field, in front of your fans." In fact a book has been written about the San Diego Chargers from that season. It was released last September called--"The Uncrowned Champions-How the 1963 San Diego Chargers Would Have Won the Super Bowl." It's written by Dave Steidel, who wrote the classic book "Remember the AFL."

Would've been an interesting game. Bears had a lights-out defense that year, but I guess Papa Bear saw it as a no-win situation. If the Bears had won, everyone would say, "Well you're expected to beat those young pups; you should have beaten them by a bigger margin," and if the Bears had lost, he and the NFL would've taken a massive hit.
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