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“Road To The Championship”

     “Road To The Championship” is the filmed story of the Houston Oilers first year, a year they became the first AFL Champions under Head Coach Lou Rymkus. Narrated by Carl Mann, this 22-minute black and white film covers the highlights of most of the games during the Oilers 1960 season, including the first ever AFL Championship Game in which the Oilers beat the old Los Angeles Chargers.

     Players that made Oiler history in that first year are shown in game-action throughout the film: George Blanda, Mark Johnston, Heisman trophy winner Billy Cannon, Dave Smith, Tom Witcher, Jack Atchason, Bill Groman, Jerry Helluin, Charley Kendall, Denit Morris, Charley Hennigan, Doug Cline, Charlie Tolar, Jim Norton, Bobby Gordon, Dalva Allen and Bob Talamini. Some highlights include: Kenny Hall’s 104-yard kickoff return vs Titans, Blanda’ record 53-yard FG vs. Bills, Billy Cannon’s first pro TD vs. New York and his 88-yard TD run vs. Pats in the last game of the regular season, and rookie QB Jackie Lee’s heroics as he steps in for injured George Blanda and sets two league passing records in the rain and mud! Also shown are star players on other clubs, such as Jack Kemp, Cotton Davidson, Art Powell, Al Dorow and Frank Tripuka.

     Less-than-great quality game coaching films were used to make most of this promotional film, with narration added in the studio, however, this rare film is the only one of its kind known to exist and is a treat for early AFL and Houston Oiler fans to watch.

     Below is the 1960 Houston Oilers schedule. The games shown on this film are marked with an *.

1960 – (Won 10, Lost 4)

    Sept 11   - Oilers 37,   Oakland Raiders 22   at Kezar Stadium, S.F.  
*   Sept 18   - Oilers 38,   Los Angeles Chargers 28   at Jeppesen Field, Houston  
    Sept 25   - Oilers 13,   Oakland Raiders 14   at Jeppesen Field, Houston  
*   Oct 9   - Oilers 27,   New York Titans 21   at Jeppesen Field, Houston  
*   Oct 16   - Oilers 20,   Dallas Texans 10   at Jeppesen Field, Houston  
*   Oct 23   - Oilers 42,   New York Titans 28   at the Polo Grounds, New York  
*   Oct 30   - Oilers 24,   Buffalo Bills 25   at War Memorial Stadium  
    Nov 6   - Oilers 45,   Denver Broncos 25   at Bears Stadium, Denver  
    Nov 13   - Oilers 21,   Los Angeles Chargers 24   at The Coliseum, L.A.  
*   Nov 20   - Oilers 20,   Denver Broncos 10   at Jeppesen Field, Houston  
*   Nov 25   - Oilers 24,   Boston Patriots 10 (Nite)   at Nickerson Field, Boston  
    Dec 4   - Oilers 0,   Dallas Texans 24   at The Cotton Bowl, Dallas  
*   Dec 11   - Oilers 31,   Buffalo Bills 23   at Jeppesen Field, Houston  
*   Dec 18   - Oilers 37,   Boston Patriots 21   at Jeppesen Field, Houston  
*   Jan 1, 1961 – AFL Championship Game at Jeppesen Field
Oilers 24, Los Angeles Chargers 16  

     Now you can get your own copy of this rare and fascinating film for only $29.95 plus $5 shipping. (Illinois residents must add $2 sales tax).

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