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The Cookie that wouldn’t crumble……The Big Back of the AFL/NFL





My formative years were shaped by many great players in the major professional sports.  The NFL and AFL were going head to head and I watched games and followed both leagues. I was a football junkie at age 5 as I remember watching the Game of the Century between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. That game is vivid in my 62 year old brain.  Watching that game on my family’s 19 inch Admiral TV in our 2nd living room the final score allowed me to go outside and put on my painted NY Giant helmet and pretend to stop the Colt’s Alan Ameche from scoring that overtime winning touchdown. It was dark and I still was outside playing football in my mind.




Photo Credit: Robert L. Smith (http://talesfromtheamericanfootballleague.com/a-new-batch-of-robert-l-smith-photos/)


Today I am remembering one of my favorite players, Cookie Gilchrist.  . The man was the “big” running back of his time.  Yes, a really big man, larger than most linemen of the day.  You will read that the man came in at 6’3 and a little over 250 lbs.  Matter of fact, he went upwards to 275 lbs and was a load to bring down. He started his career in the Canadian Football League but moved on to the Buffalo Bills, then other NFL teams, where he did his most noted damage. A three time Pro Bowler and 4 time all-AFL, Gilchrist was the gold standard in professional football for the big back.  No, he wasn’t Jim Brown, but he was as fantastic football player




Top photo credit:   http://buffalowins.net/root/site-root/week-4-staff-predictions-bills-vs-patriots.html


For further reading I suggest:  http://www.remembertheafl.com/CookieGilchristColumns.htm

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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