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  1. Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Abner Haynes has been honored by the University of North Texas with a new Unity Plaza. When you think of all of the great running backs employed by the Kansas City Chiefs over the years, it’s important to remember that the all owe something to the franchise’s first great back—‚literally the forerunner for them all—in Abner Haynes. Haynes was the first star running back of the franchise, going back to the days in which the team wasn’t the Chiefs and they were not yet located in Kansas City. Even with the Dallas Texans, Haynes was establishing himself as a beast in the backfield after winning the AFL’s first ever Rookie of the Year award in 1960. From there, Haynes would command the attention of defenses with a hearty 4.8 yards/carry average. Nearly 60 years after he was traded away from the Chiefs, he’s still No. 6 all-time on the team’s rushing yards list with 3.814. read more: https://arrowheadaddict.com/2022/06/24/former-chiefs-rb-abner-haynes-honored-university-north-texas/amp/
  2. read more: https://www.si.com/nfl/talkoffame/nfl/chiefs-and-afl-finalists-for-talk-of-fame-network-poll
  3. I just watched a You Tube video where Haynes scores on a swing pass from Len Dawson in the 1962 AFL Championship win over Houston. 1967 describes him well: “silky smooth and fluid.” Haynes was one of the AFL players I read about in the late ’70’s, and I remember thinking, when I was 10 or 11 years old, that he was a great player. Now I’m hearing one of his teammates call him “the face and ‘the name of the game’ in the AFL in the early ’60’s.” It sounds like Abner’s impact on the AFL was huge, and I’d like to see him go to The Hall of Fame. read more: https://talesfromtheamericanfootballleague.com/a-hall-of-fame-comparison-abner-haynes/
  4. I haven't seen anything posted about this yet, so I thought I'd make mention of a really cool book that I discovered last night. The Barnes & Noble in Denton is selling autographed copies of The Game Changers by Jeff Miller. The book is described to relate the story of Abner Haynes, Leon King, and the true origins of racially integrated collegiate football in the state of Texas. I can't make an honest recommendation, since I haven't started reading it in earnest, but I was definitely excited to see a book like this on the shelves of a large national retailer. Check out the link below to review a summary from the publisher's website, or stop by and pick up a copy for yourself! GMG! http://www.sportspubbooks.com/search?q=9781613219379&f=1
  5. Today, the thought of all-white teams in any sport seems ridiculous. But at the start of the 1960s there were only a few pockets where progress it could be said was being made. Chris Burford, a white end out of Stanford University, and Abner Haynes, a black man from the University of North Texas, both found themselves members of the Dallas Texans football team in 1960. Read more: http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/article-2/The-Right-Kind-of-Virtue/e15204da-b4d7-459f-a15f-cd4683f6b292
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