A member of the Stanford University
Athletic Hall of Fame, Chris Burford
(born 1938) was a master of sideline receptions for the Dallas Texans
and Kansas City Chiefs
. What he lacked in great speed or physical presence, he made up for by running perfectly choreographed pass routes that outsmarted most American Football League
defensive backs. An AFL All-Star in 1961, he followed that performance with 12 receptions for touchdowns in 1962. By the end of his career he was the Chiefs all-time reception leader (391) with 5,505 yards and 55 touchdowns.
Teaming with Hall of Famer Len Dawson, Burford was a clutch receiver when the game was on the line and the ball had to be moved forward for a needed first down or for field-goal position. For most of his AFL career, Burford was in the top ten in receiving catches, yards, and touchdowns. Burford is a 1974 inductee of the Chiefs' Hall of Fame, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.