Dorow, Al

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Al Dorow
Albert Richard Dorow (1929-2009) was the first starting quarterback for the New York Titans, playing for the team from 1960-61.


Background and College

Born November 15, 1929 in Imlay City, Michigan, Dorow attended Michigan State. As the Spartans quarterback in 1950 and 1951, he led the team on a 28-game winning streak including leading the team to a national championship in 1951. After graduation he played at Bolling Field Air Base in Washington, D. C., where he was voted the to player in Air Force Service football in 1954.

NFL Career

Dorow was taken in the third round (31st overall) in the 1952 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, being voted MVP in the 1956 Pro Bowl. In 1957, he moved to the Philadelphia Eagles and then spent some time with Toronto in the CFL.

As a Titan

Dorow signed for the Titans In the 1960 season, Dorow completed 201 of 396 pass attempts amassing 2848 yards in the air, and led the league in touchdown passes with 26. He was named player of the week three times. In 1961, Dorow led the AFL in pass attempts and completions, but also in interceptions, with 30.

After the Titans

Dorow then moved to the Buffalo Bills for the 1962 season. After retiring he coached at Hillsdale College before becoming an assistant coach for the Spartans. He was the head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1971. He retired the following year, and worked for Champion Motor Homes until he relocated to Arizona in 1990. He moved back to Haslett, Michigan in 2008 to be closer to his family and the Spartans.


Dorow died on December 7, 2009.


    Passing   Rushing
Season QB RAT Att Comp Pct Yds Avg TD INT Att Yds Avg TD
1960 67.8 396 201 50.8 2748 6.94 26 26 124 167 1.3 7
1961 50.7 438 197 45.0 2651 6.05 19 30 54 317 5.9 4
Total 58.8 834 398 47.7 5399 6.47 45 56 178 484 2.7 11

Preceded by Titans starting Quarterback Succeeded by
no-one 1960-1961 Johnny Green
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