The 1960 Houston Oilers season was the first season for the Houston Oilers as a professional American football franchise; Head Coach Lou Rymkus led the Oilers to the AFL Eastern Division title, with a 10–4 record. It was also the first American Football League season. It ended with a 24–16 victory in the AFL championship game at home over the Los Angeles Chargers (10–4).


AFL draft

In the 1960 AFL draft, the Houston Oilers selected the following players. * Peter Arena, G, Northwestern * Dick Bass, HB, College of Pacific * William Bohler, E/T, St. Ambrose * Larry Cadwell, T, Louisville * Billy Cannon, HB, Louisiana State * Doug Cline, LB, Clemson * DeJustice Coleman, HB, Illinois * Bob Crandall, HB, New Mexico * Cleatus Drinnon, C, Hardin–Simmons * John Gremer, G, Illinois * George Herring, G/T, North Texas State * Steve Johnson, QB, Pepperdine * John Lands, E, Montana * Jacky Lee, QB, Cincinnati * Bruce Maher, HB, Detroit * Don Mattson, T, Southern California * Mike McGee G, Duke * Hugh McInnis, E, Mississippi State * Max Messner, T, Cincinnati * George Mulholland, E, New Mexico State * Gary O'Steen, HB, Alabama * Gene Prebola, E, Boston University * Palmer Pyle T, Michigan State * William Roach, T, Texas Christian * Robert Simms, E, Rutgers * Phillip Snowden, QB, Missouri * Don Underwood, G/T, McNeese State * Duane Whetstone, FB, George Washington * Bob White FB, Ohio State * Maury Youmans, T, Syracuse

Regular season

* The Oilers scored an important victory over the NFL when they signed the Heisman Trophy winner, All-America running back Billy Cannon of LSU. Cannon joined other Oiler offensive stars such as veteran quarterback George Blanda.



Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Week 1: at Oakland Raiders

Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders

Notable Stats



AFL Championship Game

Houston Oilers 24, Los Angeles Chargers 16 :''January 1, 1961, at Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas''
Attendance: 32,183 Scoring * LA – Field goal Ben Agajanian 38 LA 3–0 * LA – Field goal Agajanian 22 LA 6–0 * HOU – Smith 17 pass from George Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 7–6 * HOU – Field goal Blanda 18 HOU 10–6 * LA – Field goal Agajanian 27 HOU 10–9 * HOU – Bill Groman 7 pass from Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 17–9 * LA – Paul Lowe 2 run (Agajanian kick) HOU 17–16 * HOU – Billy Cannon 88 pass from Blanda (Blanda kick) HOU 24–16


''Sporting News'' American Football League All-League Team – 1960

The American Football League did not have an All-Star game after its first season in 1960, but an All-League team, selected by vote of the AFL players themselves, was published by the ''Sporting News''. In later years, the All-League players were augmented by


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