Bronco Al Carmichael, The Man Who Scored The AFL’s 1st Touchdown, Dies At 90

September 9, 2019
Football College Games 1956  Rose Bowl Wisconsin vs Southern CalFootball College Games 1956  Rose Bowl Wisconsin vs Southern CalAP
Halfback Al Carmichael (21) is all alone in the end zone as he leaps up to take a pass from Tailback Rudy Bukich that gave Southern California a 7 to 0 victory in the Rose Bowl over Wisconsin on January 1,1956 in Pasadena. No. 31 at right is defending Halfback John Dixon of Wisconsin.

Al Carmichael, the running back who scored the first touchdown in the old American Football League while playing for Denver in 1960, has died. He was 90.

The Broncos said Sunday that Carmichael died Saturday in Palm Desert, California. A memorial service is scheduled for Sept. 28 in La Quinta, California.

Carmichael caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Frank Tripucka on Sept. 9, 1960, in the Broncos' 13-10 win over the Boston Patriots at Nickerson Field on the Boston University Campus in the AFL's inaugural game.

Carmichael, a halfback, played for Denver in 1960 and '61 after a six-year stint in Green Bay, which selected him in the first round (seventh overall) after he served in the U.S. Marine Corps following his college career at USC.

Carmichael, who set an NFL record with a 106-yard kick return in 1956 and was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1974, also worked as a Hollywood stuntman and double in dozens of movies.