Who can remember the conflict between the American Football League and the National Football League in the 1960s? It was simple and so it was complicated. The NFL, after all, wanted the whole field for itself so to speak. The AFL was the upstart football league which threatened to water down the talent available to the long established NFL.
The AFL began to draft players like the NFL did and players were concurrently drafted by each league. Bidding wars among valuable players caused friction. Joe Namath was sought after by both leagues and when the Namath-led New York Jets won Super Bowl III in 1969 the two private roads were beginning to angle toward an intersection.
There would be an agreement and a convergence of the two leagues in the 1970s. The razzle and dazzle of teams like the San Diego Chargers and the New York Jets made the leagues come together. It made the NFL come together with the AFL it appears. An endless future of trying to out-talk other media outlets seemed like an insane undertaking for the NFL. And, perhaps the AFL had the energy of being perceived as the glitzy and hip new kid in town.
Here are some of those teams from the 1960s: they were born in the 60s.
Check out the helmets...
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