Born: January 31, 1938 (Oakland, CA)
Drafted: By Texans, 1960 / 1st Rd
- AFL All-Star Game, 1961
- All-AFL, 1962
- Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1975
- College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 1995
The All-American end from Stanford was the first player ever signed by the franchise – for a bonus of $12,000 and a $2000 advance – and led the team in receiving yards in each of its first four seasons. Burford caught 12 touchdown passes during the Texans’ championship season of 1962, despite missing the last three games due to a knee injury. He played eight seasons in all, cementing his reputation as a clutch receiver, and remains among the franchise leaders in receptions (391), receiving yards (5,505), and touchdowns (55). “Every pass route Chris ran was a perfect pass route,” said Len Dawson. “You could throw the ball and know two things-Chris would be in perfect position, and if it was anywhere near him, he’d catch it.” Before he’d finished his football career, Burford was already a sportscaster for WDAF-TV, a practicing attorney, and a licensed pilot.