The AFL is Born

On August 14, 1959, Lamar Hunt, a business man from Dallas announced the creation of the American Football League.

On the day of the announcement, there were six teams involved with the organization. They were in Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. Later in the year Buffalo and Boston joined. Before the 1960 season opened Minneapolis moved to the National Football League. Oakland was brought into the AFL as a replacement. It became the last addition to the original eight. The owners of the teams were known as the “Foolish Club.”

The meeting that started at 9:00 p.m. would change the direction of the sport forever. The two leagues fought for popularity in the 60’s. Teams popped up all over the country.

The first Super Bowl took place on Jan. 16, 1967. It was an outcome of the two leagues wanting to find out which was really better. The popularity of sports on television helped this new idea become popular quickly.  The game ended with the score, Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10. The NFL won the first round. The two battling leagues would send their best team to compete every year. The game has since become the most watched program on television.

Come back tomorrow to find out who had their 324th, and final victory in 1993.


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