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Jerry Mays

Jerry Mays

DE

1961-1970

Born: November 24, 1939 (Dallas, TX)

College: SMU

Drafted: By Texans, 1961 / 5th Rd (38th overall)

Career Highlights:

  • All-Time AFL Team
  • AFL All-Star Game, 1962, 1964-68
  • AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, 1970
  • All-AFL/AFC, 1962-70
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1972

A team captain in both Super Bowls I and IV, Mays was the spiritual leader of the great Chiefs defenses of the Sixties. Drafted out of SMU in 1961, he began his career as a defensive tackle, earning two berths to the AFL All-Star game, before switching to defensive end in 1965, where he made four more All-Star trips (and an additional trip to the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in his final season, 1970). At 6-feet-4 and 252 pounds, Mays was outweighed by most of the men blocking him, but he was an agile defender, expert at shedding blocks. He went all-out all the time,” said teammate Johnny Robinson. “He was dedicated; he gave 100 percent in practice; he gave 100 percent every time he played.” Super Bowl IV was particularly emotional for Mays. “I loved the AFL,” he said. “It was part of me. I was AFL from start to finish.”

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