Team for the Ages — Lance Alworth
Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our ” Team For the Ages ” contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at “Football Legends LIVE!” Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
WR Lance Alworth
The first AFL player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Alworth was a majestic big-play flanker who authored seven consecutive 1,000-receiving yard campaigns with the Chargers from 1963-69 and totaled 83 receiving touchdowns.
Alworth, who narrowly edged Terrell Owens for the final WR spot on our Team for the Ages, recorded at least one catch in 105 consecutive games, including every one in which he appeared in the AFL. He spent his first nine seasons with the Chargers, who acquired Alworth from the Raiders in a 1962 AFL Draft Day trade, before being sent to Dallas, where he became a Super Bowl VI champion.
They said it
“The most fluid athlete I’ve ever seen.”
— College Footballl Hall of Famer Frank Boyles, the longtime Arkansas coach under whom the 6-0, 180-pound Alworth played for the Razorbacks
“He runs like a thoroughbred.”
— Fellow teammate FB Charlie Flowers, who also compared Alworth to a deer and gave him the nickname of “Bambi”
Alworth averaged 18.9 yards per each of his 542 catches, the second most ever by a receiver with at least 500 (Stanley Morgan, 19.2 YPC on 557 catches).
Did you know?
Alworth, a marketing major and three-time scholastic All-American at Arkansas, forged a highly successful entrepeneurial career after hanging them up. He had stakes in fried chicken, dry cleaning and motel chains, and formed his own enterprise, Lance Alworth, Limited.
According to his Pro Football Hall of Fame bio, Alworth, former boss and fellow Hall of Famer Al Davis said, “was maybe one of three players in my lifetime who had what I would call ‘it.’ You could see right from the start that he was going to be a superstar.”
In December of 1968, Alworth almost singlehandedly beat the Broncos and their 10th-ranked pass ‘D,’ amassing nine catches for 171 yards and four touchdowns as the Chargers throttled Denver,47-23. Alworth hit paydirt from 1, 2, 4 and 79 yards, with three of those scores coming within the game’s first 17 minutes.
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