From Track to Pro Football
The AFL’s Charley Frazier Was a Bright and Shining Star in Both Sports
by Danny Jones
Charley was a trailblazer and one of the early pioneers in AFL history.
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 190 lbs.
1962–1968: Houston Oilers
1969–1970: Boston Patriots
College: Texas Southern
Charley Frazier was an outstanding athlete in two sports—track and football. During the 1960s, Charley was one of the most feared receivers in AFL history. In his era, he was perhaps the fastest receiver/player in the AFL. Charley was one of the star sprinters on the Texas Southern track team. He was the second fastest man on the team behind New York Giants great receiver Homer Jones, who ran the 100-yard dash in 9.3. A world-class sprinter, Charley ran the 100-yard dash in 9.4/9.5 and could run the 220 in 20.8. He played football in high school as a running back and receiver. Charley went to college on a track scholarship and didn’t play college football.
In Moscow, in the summer of 1961, Charley ran on a United States track team against Russia. He was a member of the winning 400-meter relay team that defeated the Russians in a world record time of 39.1 seconds to bring home the gold medal for the USA.
In his career, he caught 207 passes for 3,452 yards and 29 touchdowns. Charley doesn’t rank among the all-time great receivers statistically, but he was productive. Only a few receivers in AFL/NFL history were as dangerous as he was. During his career, Charley caught 11 touchdowns of 40 or more yards on plays of 80, 79, 73, 64, 62, 60, 53, 50, 46, 42, and 40 yards. In 1962, he might have been the first AFL receiver to revolutionize/transform the passing game. Charley was a trailblazer and one of the early pioneers in AFL history.
Details can be found on Danny’s three football books on his website:
www.starsofthenfl.com or http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/12/prweb13135291.htm
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