1961 American Football League All-League players

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The 1961 American Football League All-League players were selected after the 1961 American Football League (AFL) season by five separate entities: current AFL players, the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), New York Daily News (NY), and The Sporting News (SN), and was published by The Sporting News. Each selector chose a first team at each position and second team at select positions.

Offense[edit]

Position First Team Second Team
Quarterback George Blanda, Houston Oilers (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI) Jack Kemp, San Diego Chargers (AFL, NY, UPI)
Halfback Billy Cannon, Houston Oilers (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Abner Haynes, Dallas Texans (AFL, NY, SN, UPI)
Paul Lowe, San Diego Chargers (AFL, NY, UPI)
Donnie Stone, Denver Broncos (NY)
Fullback Bill Mathis, Titans of New York (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI) Charlie Tolar, Houston Oilers (AFL, UPI)
Alan Miller, Oakland Raiders (NY)
Wide receiver Charlie Hennigan, Houston Oilers (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Lionel Taylor, Denver Broncos (AFL, AP, NY, UPI)
Bill Groman, Houston Texans (AP, SN)
Gino Cappelletti, Boston Patriots (AFL, NY, UPI)
Bill Groman, Houston Texans (NY, UPI)
Tackle Al Jamison, Houston Oilers (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Ron Mix, San Diego Chargers (AFL, AP, NY, UPI)
Jerry Cornelison, Dallas Texans (SN)
Ken Rice, Buffalo Bills (AFL, NY, UPI)
Jerry Cornelison, Dallas Texans (UPI)
Jerry DeLucca, Boston Patriots (AFL)
Ernie Wright, San Diego Chargers (NY)
Guard Bob Mischak, Titans of New York (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Tony Sardisco, Boston Patriots (NY, UPI)
Ken Adamson, Denver Broncos (AP)
Charley Leo, Boston Patriots (AFL)
Wayne Hawkins, Oakland Raiders (SN)
Ken Adamson, Denver Broncos (AFL, NY, UPI)
Billy Krisher, Dallas Texans (NY, UPI)
Bob Talamini, Houston Oilers (AFL, UPI)
Center Jim Otto, Oakland Raiders (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI) Don Rogers, San Diego Chargers (NY, UPI)
Bob Schmidt, Houston Oilers (AFL)

Defense[edit]

Position First Team Second Team
Defensive end Earl Faison, San Diego Chargers (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Ron Nery, San Diego Chargers (AP, SN)
LaVerne Torczon, Buffalo Bills (NY, UPI)
Don Floyd, Houston Oilers (AFL)
Ron Nery, San Diego Chargers (AP, SN)
Bob Dee, Boston Patriots (AFL)
Larry Eisenhauer, Boston Patriots (NY)
LaVerne Torczon, Buffalo Bills (AFL)
Sid Youngelman, Titans of New York (UPI)
Defensive tackle Bud McFadin, Denver Broncos (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Ernie Ladd, San Diego Chargers (AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Chuck McMurtry, Buffalo Bills (AFL)
Bill Hudson, San Diego Chargers (NY, UPI)
Ed Husmann, Houston Oilers (NY, UPI)
Jim Lee Hunt, Boston Patriots (AFL)
Ernie Ladd, San Diego Chargers (AFL)
Middle linebacker Sherrill Headrick, Dallas Texans (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Archie Matsos, Buffalo Bills (AFL, NY)
Chuck Allen, San Diego Chargers (AFL)
Chuck Allen, San Diego Chargers (NY)
Archie Matsos, Buffalo Bills (UPI)
Outside linebacker Larry Grantham, Titans of New York (AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Tom Addison, Boston Patriots (AP, SN, UPI)
E.J. Holub, Dallas Texans (AFL, NY, UPI)
Ralph Felton, Buffalo Bills (UPI)
Larry Grantham, Titans of New York (AFL)
Cornerback Dick Harris, San Diego Chargers (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Tony Banfield, Houston Oilers (AFL, AP, SN, UPI)
Mark Johnston, Houston Oilers (NY)
Claude Gibson, San Diego Chargers (NY, UPI)
Fred Williamson, Oakland Raiders (AFL, UPI)
Tony Banfield, Houston Oilers (NY)
Safety Charlie McNeil, San Diego Chargers, (AFL, AP, NY, SN, UPI)
Bill Atkins, Buffalo Bills (NY, SN, UPI)
Dave Webster, Dallas Texans (AFL, AP)
Goose Gonsoulin, Denver Broncos (AFL, UPI)
Jim Norton (safety), Houston Texans (NY, UPI)
Bill Atkins, Buffalo Bills (AFL)
Dick Felt, Titans of New York (AFL)
Ross O'Hanley, Boston Patriots (NY)

Other selections[edit]

Return specialist: Larry Garron, Boston Patriots (AFL-2)

References[edit]

  • "1961 AFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 8, 2016.