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ROOKIES OF THE YEAR 1960 - 1969


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ABNER HAYNES

       In 1960, Haynes chose to play for the Dallas Texans and led the AFL in rushing attempts, yards, and tds in the league’s first year.  Haynes helped launch the AFL as the fledgling league's first Most Valuable Player, and its first Rookie of the Year.  He captured the AFL's first rushing crown with 875 yards, and also led the Texans in receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns.       

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American Football League Rookie of the Year
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The Sporting News
 1960



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EARL FAISON

       Despite being double and triple-teamed, Faison was chosen as the AFL Rookie of the Year in 1961. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Earl Faison blew by opposing offensive lineman on his way to smashing American Football League quarterbacks as one of the original "Fearsome Foursome", and was chosen to the AFL All-Star team in 1961.

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American Football League Rookie of the Year
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The Sporting News
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CURTIS McCLINTON

        McClinton had 604 Yards on 111 carries for a 5.4 yards per carry average and two touchdowns.  He added 333 yards on 29 receptions and was a member of the 1962 AFL All-Star team.      

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American Football League Rookie of the Year
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The Sporting News
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BILLY JOE

       Joe had 646 yards on 154 carries for a 4.2 yards per carry average, four rushing tds, and a touchdown catch.       

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American Football League Rookie of the Year
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The Sporting News
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MATT SNELL

      Snell rolled up 948 yards on 215 carries, for a 4.4 yards per carry average, with an additional 393 yards on 56 receptions, with four tds rushing and one receiving.   He was named to the 1964 AFL All-Star Team.      

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American Football League Rookie of the Year
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JOE NAMATH

       Namath was 164 of 340 for 2,220 yards and 18 touchdowns in his rookie season for the Jets, and was selected to the 1965 AFL All-Star Team.

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BOBBY BURNETT

        Arkansas' Bobby Burnett had a combined total of 1,185 yards rushing and receiving at the halfback position, with over 12 yards per catch and 4 td on 34 receptions, and 766 yards on 187 rushes, with 4 rushing tds.  He was selected to the 1966 AFL All-Star Team.

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American Football League Rookie of the Year
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The Sporting News
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GEORGE WEBSTER

      George Webster created the 'roverback' position, as a linebacker with a defensive back's moves and speed.   He started as a rookie and had 15 tackles in his first game.    The Oilers' defense held opponents under 200 points in 1967, helping them win the East Division title. He averaged more than ten tackles a game and was first-team All-AFL in 1967.

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American Football League Rookie of the Year
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DICKIE POST

       Dickie Post rushed for 691 yards and 7 touchdowns on 161 carries in 1967, and caught 32 passes with the Chargers for 278 yards and a td.  He made the AFL-All-Star team in 1967 and again in 1969.

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PAUL ROBINSON

        Paul Robinson played only one year at the University of Arizona, but in his first year as a professional, he gained 1,023 yards rushing and scored eight touchdowns.  He was only one of two men to gain over 1,000 yards in his first year in professional football in the U.S., the other being Cookie GilchristHe was named to the 1968 All-AFL Team and led the Western AFL All-Star team to victory over the Eastern All-Stars.

American Football League Rookie of the Year
United Press International
 
The Sporting News
 
1968

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GREG COOK

     The University of Cincinnati's 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback Greg Cook stayed in Cincinnati to play professional football.  In his rookie year, he passed for 1,854 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Injury prevented him from reaching his potential with the Bengals.

American Football League Rookie of the Year
United Press International
1969



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CARL GARRETT

       Carl Garrett caught 29 passes for 267 yards and two tds in 1969, and ran the ball for over five yards per carry with 137 attempts for 691 yards and five tds.  He was selected to the AFL All-Star Team in 1969.

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American Football League Rookie of the Year
The Sporting News
1969 


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