|Death: ||Sep. 12, 2005|
Lloyd C. A. "Judge" Wells, scout for Kansas City Chiefs, graduated from Texas Southern University and he was the first one to push for the American Football League's enlightened policies towards recruiting black athletes. Wells was a sports photographer and he accomplished the desegregation of fan seating at amateur and professional events in Houston. He was an advocate for civil rights and for black athletes throughout his life.
As a part-time scout for the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, he convinced Grambling defensive tackle Buck Buchanan to sign with the Chiefs in 1963. He also recruited defensive backs Jim Kearney and Emmitt Thomas, and linebacker Willie Lanier. After becoming pro football's first black full-time scout, in 1965, he managed to get Hall of Fame receiver Otis Taylor (Prairie View A&M) away from the NFL's Dallas Cowboys team. Wells' success was a catalyst for the older league to try to get up to speed in signing talented black players from small colleges, as the AFL had done from its inception. Wells was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.
Eight of Wells' recruits made All-AFL during their pro careers. He was influential in staffing the Chiefs that won the fourth and last World Championship Game between the champions of the AFL and the NFL. The Chiefs defeated the Vikings 23-7 in 1970.
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