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See larger Dave Kocourek gets the Chargers out of a goal line jam with this catch against the Denver Broncos.

Photo courtesy of Todd Tobias, author of Charging Through the AFL.

Dave Kocourek gets the Chargers out of a goal line jam with this catch against the Denver Broncos.

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  • Dave Kocourek gets the Chargers out of a goal line jam with this catch against the Denver Broncos.
  • Dave Kocourek halls in this pass on the way to a touchdown in the Chargers win over the Denver Broncos, 58-20, to clinch the AFL West championship in 1963.
  • Chargers coach Sid Gilman shakes Dave Kocourek's hand as the trophies were passed at the celebration party for winning the 1963 AFL Championship. From left, are, Ron Mix, Earl Faison, Kocourek and Luckman. To the right is a trumpet player with a football, seeking autographs.
  • Dave Kocourek (83) took part in this 1964 AFL All-Star game promotion as he uses his big frame to stretch higher than any of the other pass catchers for the West All-Star team.
  • Chargers Dave Kocouurek finishes off a 26-yard touchdown pass play from Tobin Rote in the American Football League Championship game in 1964. Kocourek tallied the only touchdown for the Chargers in a 20-7 loss.
  • The Chargers Dave Kocourek (83) battles for ball with Buffalo Bills defender in AFL game.
  • Dave Kocourek (83) was among seven Chargers named to the 1963 AFL West All-Star team. With him, from left in the first row, are Ron Mix, Emil Karas and Earl Faison. Second row, Don Norton and Keith Lincoln. Top, Ernie Ladd.
  • From left, Jack Kemp and Dave Kocourek share a lighter moment as they look over a Chargers program with coach Sid Gillman and an unidentified woman in the early 1960s.
  • Dave Kocourek in a photo to be used in San Diego Chargers program book in the early 1960s.
  • There wasn't much to do at the barren Rough Acres Ranch training camp in 1963. Members of the Chargers often played a card game, called Booray. From left are, Dave Kocourek, Tobin Rote, Paul Maguire and Jerry McDougall. Maguire went on to be a football analyst for professional and college games.
  • Sid Gillman, with his dog, cools off with Chargers players, from left, Jack Kemp, Dave Kocourek, Charlie McNeil, Don Norton and Wayne Frazier.
  • Sideline exercise bikes today don't look anything like the bike Dave Kocourek is on during his early days with the San Diego Chargers.
  • While a strong pass catcher, Dave Kocourek was as well known for his blocking ability. Here he leads runner Paul Lowe to a large gain.
  • San Diego Chargers surround Lenny Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, second from left, after helping to win the AFL All-Star game. The Chargers had plenty to cheer about after winning the 1963 AFL Championship. From left, are Paul Lowe, running back, Dawson, Sid Gilman, Chargers' Hall of Fame coach and Marco's Dave Kocourek.

Photos of Dave Kocourek during outstanding career as a professional football player with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders

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