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6-8-0, Finished 4th in AFL East Division  · 1961 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.0, Offense: -3.5, Defense: 0.5, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 294 points (21.0/g), 6th of 8 in the AFL. Allowed 342 points (24.4/g), 4th.
 Differential of -48 points (-3.4/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: Buster Ramsey (6-8-0)

Stadium: War Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Roycroft Inn & Knox Estates (East Aurora, New York)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Johnny Green 24 1 5 56 for 126, 903 yards, 6 td, 5 int, & 14 rushes for 15 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 21st / 247th pick / 1959
HB Wray Carlton 24 1 0 101 rushes for 311 yards, 4 td, & 17 catches for 193 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 26th pick / 1959
FB Art Baker 24 Rook 0 152 rushes for 498 yards, 3 td, & 6 catches for 73 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 14th pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 19th pick / 1961
FL Elbert Dubenion 28 1 0 31 catches for 461 yards, 6 td, & 17 rushes for 173 yards and 2 td Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1959
SE Glenn Bass 22 Rook 0 50 catches for 765 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for 8 yards and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 64th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 23rd / 183rd pick / 1961
TE Tom Rychlec 27 3 0 33 catches for 405 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for -18 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 10th / 119th pick / 1957
LT Ken Rice* 22 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 3rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
LG Billy Shaw 23 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 11th pick / 1961
Dallas Cowboys / 14th / 184th pick / 1961
C Al Bemiller 23 Rook 14 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 51st pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 7th / 94th pick / 1961
RG Chuck Muelhaupt 26 1 0 Detroit Lions / 26th / 311th pick / 1957
RT Harold Olson* 23 1 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 13th pick / 1960
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mack Yoho 25 1 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
LDT Chuck McMurtry* 24 1 0
RDT Jim Sorey 25 1 0 Chicago Bears / 14th / 165th pick / 1960
RDE LaVerne Torczon* 25 1 0 Cleveland Browns / 18th / 211th pick / 1957
LLB Ralph Felton 29 7 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 4th / 39th pick / 1954
MLB Archie Matsos* 27 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 16th / 189th pick / 1958
RLB Stew Barber 22 Rook 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 27th pick / 1961
Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 30th pick / 1961
LCB Richie McCabe 28 6 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 22nd / 258th pick / 1955
RCB Vern Valdez 26 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
LS Jim Wagstaff 25 2 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 21st / 253rd pick / 1958
RS Billy Atkins* 27 3 0 10 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 59th pick / 1958
 Special Teams Starters
K Billy Atkins* 27 3 0 2 of 6 field goals & 29 of 31 extra points San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 59th pick / 1958
P Billy Atkins* 27 3 0 85 punts for a 44.5 average, 1 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 59th pick / 1958
PR Glenn Bass 22 Rook 0 8 punt returns for a 9.4 average and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 64th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 23rd / 183rd pick / 1961
KR Elbert Dubenion 28 1 0 16 kick returns for a 20.6 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1959

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
20 Billy Atkins* 27 K 14 0 196 6-1 Auburn 11/19/1934 3 14 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 59th pick / 1958
33 Art Baker 24 FB 14 0 220 6-0 Syracuse 12/31/1937 Rook 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 14th pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 19th pick / 1961
64 Stew Barber 22 RLB 14 0 250 6-2 Penn St. 6/14/1939 Rook 8 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 27th pick / 1961
Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 30th pick / 1961
88 Glenn Bass 22 PR 14 0 202 6-2 East Carolina 4/12/1939 Rook 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 64th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 23rd / 183rd pick / 1961
50 Al Bemiller 23 C 14 14 243 6-3 Syracuse 4/18/1938 Rook 5 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 51st pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 7th / 94th pick / 1961
26 Dewey Bohling 23 7 0 190 5-11 Hardin-Simmons 8/22/1938 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 13th / 151st pick / 1959
46 Fred Brown 23 5 0 185 5-11 Georgia 12/22/1938 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 6th / 43rd pick / 1961
30 Wray Carlton 24 HB 14 0 225 6-2 Duke 6/18/1937 1 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 26th pick / 1959
85 Dan Chamberlain 24 3 0 200 6-3 Sacramento St. 8/26/1937 1 0 Detroit Lions / 25th / 293rd pick / 1959
77 Donald Chelf 28 14 0 235 6-3 Iowa 3/25/1933 1 3 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 136th pick / 1954
80 Monte Crockett 23 14 0 218 6-4 New Mex. Highlands 7/14/1938 1 3
46 Jim Crotty 23 5 0 190 6-1 Notre Dame 3/31/1938 1 3 Washington Redskins / 12th / 136th pick / 1960
78 Tom Day 26 12 0 252 6-2 North Carolina A&T 8/20/1935 1 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 20th / 229th pick / 1960
60 John Dittrich 28 12 0 236 6-1 Wisconsin 5/7/1933 5 3 Chicago Cardinals / 6th / 70th pick / 1956
44 Elbert Dubenion 28 FL 14 0 187 5-11 Bluffton 2/16/1933 1 5 Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1959
57 Ralph Felton 29 LLB 14 0 210 5-11 Maryland 5/21/1932 7 8 Washington Redskins / 4th / 39th pick / 1954
23 Willmer Fowler 24 2 0 185 5-10 Northwestern 6/3/1937 1 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 86th pick / 1959
18 Johnny Green 24 QB 8 5 198 6-3 Tenn-Chattanooga 10/12/1937 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 21st / 247th pick / 1959
54 Joe Hergert 25 9 0 216 6-1 Florida 6/7/1936 1 5 Green Bay Packers / 24th / 277th pick / 1959
42 Jack Johnson 28 3 0 198 6-3 Miami (FL) 12/11/1933 4 2 Chicago Bears / 4th / 49th pick / 1957
59 Cotton Letner 24 5 0 215 6-1 Tennessee 1/26/1937 Rook 3
11 Richie Lucas 23 qb 8 2 190 6-0 Penn St. 4/15/1938 1 1 Washington Redskins / 1st / 4th pick / 1960
25 Billy Majors 23 1 0 175 6-0 Tennessee 11/7/1938 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 9th / 67th pick / 1961
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 168th pick / 1961
56 Archie Matsos* 27 MLB 14 0 217 6-0 Michigan St. 11/22/1934 1 9 Baltimore Colts / 16th / 189th pick / 1958
45 Richie McCabe 28 LCB 9 0 185 6-1 Pittsburgh 3/12/1933 6 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 22nd / 258th pick / 1955
42 Don McDonald 24 11 0 185 5-11 TCU,Houston 2/5/1937 Rook 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 29th / 340th pick / 1958
73 Chuck McMurtry* 24 LDT 14 0 280 6-0 Whittier 2/15/1937 1 9
70 Chuck Muelhaupt 26 RG 14 0 230 6-3 Iowa St. 12/11/1935 1 5 Detroit Lions / 26th / 311th pick / 1957
14 Tommy O'Connell 31 qb 1 1 187 5-11 Notre Dame,Illinois 9/26/1930 8 0 Chicago Bears / 18th / 212th pick / 1952
74 Harold Olson* 23 RT 14 0 255 6-2 Clemson 1/19/1938 1 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 13th pick / 1960
17 Warren Rabb 24 qb 9 3 204 6-3 LSU 12/12/1937 1 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 15th pick / 1960
14 M.C. Reynolds 26 qb 12 3 193 6-0 LSU 2/11/1935 3 0
75 Ken Rice* 22 LT 14 0 240 6-2 Auburn 9/14/1939 Rook 7 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 3rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
84 Perry Richards 27 11 0 205 6-2 Detroit Mercy 1/14/1934 4 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 55th pick / 1957
81 Tom Rychlec 27 TE 14 0 220 6-3 American Int. 9/11/1934 3 3 Detroit Lions / 10th / 119th pick / 1957
76 Jack Scott 25 7 0 260 6-4 Ohio St. 4/12/1936 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 26th / 307th pick / 1959
66 Billy Shaw 23 LG 14 0 258 6-2 Georgia Tech 12/15/1938 Rook 5 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 11th pick / 1961
Dallas Cowboys / 14th / 184th pick / 1961
23 Bill Shockley 24 2 0 185 6-0 West Chester 3/13/1937 1 0
79 Jim Sorey 25 RDT 14 0 285 6-4 Texas Southern 9/5/1936 1 7 Chicago Bears / 14th / 165th pick / 1960
87 LaVerne Torczon* 25 RDE 14 0 250 6-3 Nebraska 1/1/1936 1 9 Cleveland Browns / 18th / 211th pick / 1957
25 Vern Valdez 26 RCB 13 0 190 6-0 Cal Poly-Pomona,San Diego 8/12/1935 1 6
22 Jim Wagstaff 25 LS 14 0 192 6-2 Idaho St. 6/12/1936 2 6 Detroit Lions / 21st / 253rd pick / 1958
60 Wayne Wolff 23 2 0 243 6-2 Wake Forest 1/28/1938 Rook 2 Cleveland Browns / 10th / 129th pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 17th / 131st pick / 1961
71 Mack Yoho 25 LDE 14 0 230 6-2 Miami (OH) 6/14/1936 1 7
Team Total 25.0 14 216.1 6-1.3 1.5