Agajanian on a 1955 Bowman football card
August 28, 1919 |
Santa Ana, California
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Benjamin James Agajanian "The Toeless Wonder" (born August 28, 1919) is a former American football player in Armenian origin. He was born in Santa Ana, California. A placekicker, he played college football at the University of New Mexico. He played professionally in the National Football League from 1945 through 1959, then in the newly formed American Football League for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers in 1960, 1961, and 1964. He also played for the Dallas Texans in 1961 and the Oakland Raiders in 1962. He was one of only two players (the other was Hardy Brown) who played in the All-America Football Conference, the American Football League, and the National Football League.
Agajanian had four toes of his kicking foot crushed off in a work accident during college, but overcame the injury to become pro football's second kicking specialist (after Mose Kelsch), booting field goals for 10 different professional teams in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, including the 1956 NFL Champion New York Giants and the 1961 NFL Champion Green Bay Packers . After retiring from the field at age 45, he was the Dallas Cowboys kicking coach for 20 years. He is the third oldest living former AAFC player.
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- Other American Football League players
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