- American Football League All-Star game
"The Sporting News" published
American Football League All-League Teamsfor 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.).
The AFL did not have an
All-star gameafter 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 Billsplayed all-stars from the other teams.
Pro Football Hall of Fameand the National Football Leagueinclude AFL All-Star Games in their statistics for the Pro Bowl. After the AFL-NFL Mergerof 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 Orleanshotels and businesses, black and white players alike lobbied for a boycott. Under the leadership of Buffalo Billsplayers including Cookie Gilchrist, the players put up a unified front, and the game was successfully moved to Houston's Jeppesen Stadium.
Civil Rights Act of 1964had just recently been passed, likely encouraging the AFL players in their cause, which was the first boycottin history of an entire city by a professional sports event.
List of American Football League players
External links - AFL All-Star Game summaries
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1962_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1961 season]
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1963_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1962 season]
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1964_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1963 season]
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1965_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1964 season]
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1966_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1965 season]
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1967_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1966 season]
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1968_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1967 season]
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1969_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1968 season]
* [http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/The_1970_AFL_All-Star_Game.htm Post-1969 season]
Other external links
*"The African American Registry" listing of the 1965 boycott - [http://www.aaregistry.com/african_american_history/1950/Black_football_players_boycott_AFL_AllStar_game link]
* [http://www.aafla.org/SportsLibrary/NASSH_Proceedings/NP2003/np2003ba.pdf How the NFL takes credit for the AFL players' stand.]
* [http://www.kcchiefs.com/news_article.asp?ID=BMCCRCVCMJBHTFNBPJAZUHFIDW Kansas City Chiefs' website article on the AFL All-Star Game boycott.]
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