Mr. Smarty Pants Wrong on Dallas Texans

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 9, 2003

Your assertion that Lamar Hunt's Dallas Texans, which went on to become the Kansas City Chiefs, were the original team named the Texans is wrong ["Mr. Smarty Pants," Dec. 5]. They were the second team in Dallas to use that name.
   The first Dallas Texans were an NFL franchise in 1953, originally the New York Giants, and subsequently after the financial failure in Dallas were sold to become the Baltimore Colts, now relocated to Indianapolis.
   The 1953 Dallas Texans were owned by my late father, Giles Miller, and a group of other Dallas businessmen that included Curtis Sanford, who built the Cotton Bowl. They lost money on the football team because revenue that year derived entirely from ticket sales. The very next year, broadcast TV rights earned each team more than a million dollars. They were just a little ahead of their time.
   Mr. Pants, I depend on your accuracy. Simple fact-checking would have revealed the information I have just related to you. Attention to detail, please, sir.
Ed Miller
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