R.I.P. Jack Kemp, QB And Politician Extraordinaire

It’s not every day that a former quarterback jumps on the ticket of a pretty unpopular presidential candidate. Yet that’s exactly what Jack Kemp did, and he pulled it off pretty damn well. Not as well as he was a Bills quarterback, but pretty well nonetheless. It’s just part of what stands out the morning after he passed away, at age 73, after a relatively short battle with cancer.

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(The flat top was always cool on Kemp.)

By now, most people remember Kemp for his campaigning with former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who made up the unsucessful Republican duo that ran against Bill Clinton and Al Gore in 1996. But that covers up a remarkably successful playing career in Buffalo, where Kemp was the 1965 AFL player of the year by leading the Bills to their first winning season. That followed a long successful tenure with the San Diego (first the L.A.) Chargers, after which he served as the president of the AFL’s Players Association for five years.

Wanna reminisce? Don’t worry, we’ve got highlight footage from 1964 after the break. Yes, that’s before the inception of NFL Films, as strange as a time before NFL Films may seem.

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