American Football League All-Star game

American Football League All-Star game

All-League Teams

"The Sporting News" published American Football League All-League Teams for each season played by the American Football League, 1960 through 1969. From 1960 through 1966, the All-League team was selected by the AFL players, and from 1967 through 1969 it was selected by a consensus of "The Sporting News" ("TSN"), the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), and the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA). The All-League AFL selections usually included one player at each team position on offense and on defense (i.e., one quarterback, two guards, four defensive backs, etc.).

All-Star Teams

The AFL did not have an All-star game after its first season in 1960 but from 1961 through 1969, other AFL players were added to the All-League players to form two squads, and the league held All-Star games for those seasons. After every season except 1965, the format consisted of games between All-Star teams from the Eastern and Western divisions. In 1965, the league champion Buffalo Bills played all-stars from the other teams.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Football League include AFL All-Star Games in their statistics for the Pro Bowl. After the AFL-NFL Merger of 1970, the name of the NFL's all-star game was changed to the "AFC-NFC Pro Bowl."

The 1965 boycott

After the 1964 season, the AFL All-Star Game had been scheduled for early 1965 in New Orleans' Tulane Stadium. After numerous black players were refused service by a number of New Orleans hotels and businesses, black and white players alike lobbied for a boycott. Under the leadership of Buffalo Bills players including Cookie Gilchrist, the players put up a unified front, and the game was successfully moved to Houston's Jeppesen Stadium.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had just recently been passed, likely encouraging the AFL players in their cause, which was the first boycott in history of an entire city by a professional sports event.

Game history

ee also

*List of American Football League players

External links - AFL All-Star Game summaries

* [ Post-1961 season]
* [ Post-1962 season]
* [ Post-1963 season]
* [ Post-1964 season]
* [ Post-1965 season]
* [ Post-1966 season]
* [ Post-1967 season]
* [ Post-1968 season]
* [ Post-1969 season]

Other external links

*"The African American Registry" listing of the 1965 boycott - [ link]
* [ How the NFL takes credit for the AFL players' stand.]
* [ Kansas City Chiefs' website article on the AFL All-Star Game boycott.]

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