Thursday, October 2, 2014

1968 Profile: Art Powell

Split End
No. 84
San Jose State
"A man who has played in three professional leagues, Art Powell has become a legend in his own time. He currently leads AFL receivers in lifetime touchdown catches with 81 and in yards gained with 8,105; and he is second only to Lionel Taylor in receptions with 478.
Earlier in his career, Art signed to play with Toronto in the Canadian Football League after coming out of San Jose State in 1956. He then spent a year with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles before joining the new AFL New York Titans in 1960. His odyssey since then has taken him to Oakland, where he set a raft of team records, and finally to Buffalo last season.
Art got off to his usual good start in '67, but he got a knee banged up and had to undergo surgery after the sixth game. Up to then, had caught 20 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns.
At 31, he's still the most dangerous deep receiver inside the 30-yard line."

-Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1968

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