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172. Art Powell

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172. Art Powell

Art Powell played in the Canadian Football League for two seasons before he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1959.  As an NFL rookie, Powell was used as a returner and defensive back but would join the New York Titans (later to be renamed the Jets) of the American Football League.  With the Titans, Powell would lead the AFL in Receiving Touchdowns (14) in the league's first year of existence, and in 1962 he would finish first in Receiving Yards (1,130).

He would join the Oakland Raiders, where he would stay for four years, and he was named an AFL All-Star in each of those campaigns.  In his first season there (1963), he would lead the AFL in Receiving Yards (1,304) and Touchdown Receptions (16) and was a First Team All-Pro.  Powell also exceeded his yardage in 1964 (1,361) and again had a four-digit output in yardage in 1966 (1,026).  He would also never have less than 11 TDs in a season as a Raider.  Powell finished his career with one season each in Buffalo and Minnesota.

Powell would accumulate 8,046 Receiving Yards and 81 Touchdowns over his 177 Game career in American Football.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1974
  • Position: Defensive Back, Split End, Wide Receiver
  • Games Played: 117
  • Notable Statistics: 479 Receptions
    8,046 Receiving Yards
    81 Receiving Touchdowns
    15 Punt Returns
    124 Punt Return Yards
    1 Punt Return Touchdown
    16 Kick Returns
    442 Kick Return Yards
    3 Interceptions
    17 Interception Return Yards
    2 Fumble Recoveries
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    78 Approximate Value*

    *Approximate Value was calculated by Pro Football Reference as of the 1980 Season.
  • Played For: Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New York Titans, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles
  • College: Arkansas Tech
  • Drafted: 11th Round, 123rd Overall in 1959
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (2) (1960 & 1963)
    Second Team All-Pro (3) (1964, 1965 & 1966)
    AFL All-Star (4) (1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966)
    All-Time AFL Team 
    Most Receiving Yards (2) (1962 & 1963)
    Most Receiving Touchdowns (2) (1960 & 1963)
    Most Receiving Yards per Game (2) (1962 & 1963)
    Most Touchdowns (2) (1960 & 1962)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (7) (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (7) (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (6) (1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Reception (7) (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards per Game (7) (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (6) (1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points Scored (5) (1960, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1966)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (6) (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 & 1966)
    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (3) (1960, 1963 & 1964)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Return Yards (1) (1959)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (1959)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 29. Receiving Touchdowns: 81
    30. Receiving Yards per Game: 68.8
    61. Touchdowns: 94
    64. Yards per Reception: 16.8

Should Art Powell be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 77.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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