1962 HOUSTON OILERS – Statis Pro Football – Pre-Season preparations

Posted: July 6, 2022 in Houston Oilers, sport, Statis Pro Football

The headline news undoubtedly is the departure of head coach Wally Lemm. Brought in to replace Lou Rymkus part way through last season, Lemm took the team to its first AFL Championship appearance last year. His tactical knowledge and success did not go unnoticed and perhaps it is no surprise that he was tempted away to the big money of the NFL and one of the oldest teams in the league, the St Louis Cardinals. Coming the other way is Cardinals coach and ex-player Frank “Pop” Ivy. Another significant change is that the Active Player limit is to be reduced from 35 to 33 players on match day.

“Oiler Twin” Joan (or is it Jane?) Ryba adds a touch of glamour to pre season training

In other AFL news, Buffalo and Denver have dispensed with their plain helmet designs and adopted logos akin to some of the other AFL teams. Denver have taken the more radical approach while Oakland have also made a minor cosmetic change to their helmet colour scheme.

Here is the full list of Houston playing personnel changes

The following players have left the club:

Offense starters:


Offense Squad:

Byron Beams OT – retired

Buzz Guy OG – retired

Claude King HB4 – Boston AFL

John White RE3 – Oakland AFL

Leo Reed OT – retired

Defense starters:

Dalva Allen LDE – Oakland AFL

Orville Trask LDT – Oakland AFL

Dennit Morris MLB – retired

Defense Squad:

Willis Perkins DE – free agent

George Shirkey DT – Oakland AFL

Dick Frey DE – retired

Ron Botchan LB – retired

Jack Laraway LB – retired

Gene Jones LB – retired

Hugh Pitts LB – retired

John Guzik LB – retired

Julian Spence DB – retired

Charlie Milstead DB/P – retired

Chuck Kendall DB – retired

Gary Wisener DB – retired

The following new signings/aquisitions have been made:


John Frongillo OC/G – rookie

Tom Goode OC – rookie

Walt Suggs OT/C – rookie

Bucky Wegener OG – rookie

Charley Frazier WR4 – rookie


Gary Cutsinger LDE – rookie

Ed Culpepper LDT – Minnesota NFL

Bill Herchman DT – Dallas NFL

Ron McDole DE/T – St Louis NFL

Bill Miller DT – rookie

Dan Lanphear DE – free agent

Gene Babb MLB – Dallas NFL

Larry Onesti LB – rookie

Bob Suci DB – rookie

Bobby Jancik DB – rookie

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