Whereas the Texans were a pretty fair team, they shut out their first visiting opponent the Los Angeles Chargers, were 5-2 at home, and 8-6 overall; the Cowboys were an 0-11-1 disaster. The great Walt Garrison used to joke that the 1960 Cowboys team film was the exact same film as the 1960 NFL Bloopers, they just switched the labels.
Things were really good for the Texans in 1962 as they won the AFL Championship. Despite that success, in 1963 they packed up, left Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl behind and moved their franchise to Kansas City, and took the mascot name of Chiefs. Was it to signify Cowboys and Indians? Perhaps it was in some respects, but the story is that Chief was the nickname of Kansas City’s Mayor, and he promised Lamar Hunt a lot of fans at games so they called themselves the Chiefs.
The Texans were 25-17 compared to the Cowboys 9-28-3. They were 17-6 at home in the Cotton Bowl compared to the Cowboys 4-13-2 over the same 3 seasons. Despite the dichotomy of the success of the 2 teams the Cowboys stayed and became America’s Team. The Texans packed their bags and changed cities, mascots, and the atmosphere of football in Dallas forever.
Later, the two power brokers of these two franchises would meet and iron out the details for the AFL – NFL merger. In a sort of strange testament to the big brother, little brother aspect of these negotiations, Lamar Hunt, the Chiefs owner and founder, and the AFL Commissioner and co-founder negotiated this Historic merger, not with the NFL Commissioner, nor any other owner, but with the Dallas Cowboys General Manager, Tex Schramm. Perhaps the man most responsible for the popularity of the Cowboys, and therefore the 2nd rate appeal of the Texans in Dallas. Though there was undoubtedly respect there, you had to know it rankled Hunt a little.
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