admit, I AM one of the American Football League's
greatest fans. That 'fanship' was kindled ten years before
the AFL was formed, in 1950, when the All-America Football
The Buffalo Bills of the AAFC were the second-best team
in that league, always being beaten out by the perennial
champions, the Cleveland Browns. But it was MAJOR LEAGUE
FOOTBALL in Buffalo, and as a youth I got to see several games,
attending with my older sisters.
The nfl pooh-poohed the AAFC, just as it would later
deride the AFL, and forced it out of existence. Even
though the Buffalo franchise had sufficient financial backing,
the nfl refused it admittance, saying 'Buffalo is not a major
league town'. I guess I've disliked the other league
ever since. I was tickled when the nfl-called 'minor
league' Browns won the nfl title in their first year in the
league, and dominated that league for several years thereafter,
proving that the AAFC WAS a Major League.
I was even happier when the AFL was formed and Buffalo was granted
a franchise. As they had done with the AAFC, the
nfl and its sycophantic writers tried to paint the AFL (when
they mentioned it at all) as inferior to the old league.
was despite the fact that the AFL's best teams were as good as the good nfl
teams, and its poor teams were no worse than the dogs of the old league. But,
as Hitler said, "Tell a lie often enough, and people will believe it."
The nfl (much like today) had so bamboozled the media that
its put-downs of the new league went unchallenged. So AFL teams,
players and fans suffered years of insults and intentional neglect by the
sports media, neglect that continues today by 'pro football' Hall of Fame
selectors. Such treatment only made me MORE of an AFL fan.
* In 1964 I wrote to all Professional Football team owners,
urging them to hold a championship game between AFL and nfl champions.
(Only three nfl owners responded: Art Modell, Art Rooney, and Carroll
Rosenbloom; the three who would eventually move the the 'AFC'.)
* I urged boycotts of products that promoted the nfl but ignored
* In 1966, when news of the 'merger' broke. I immediately wrote to all AFL
owners, urging them to retain the name and logo of the AFL. I created
the 'Remember the AFL' bumper sticker,
one of which is displayed in the 'pro football' Hall of Fame.
* After all nfl teams wore that damned 'nfl 50' shoulder patch
in every game of the 1969 season, I wrote to Lamar Hunt, Jack Kemp and Milt
Woodard, urging the AFL representative in the fourth AFL-nfl World
Championship game to wear an 'AFL-10'
patch. Kemp supported the idea, Woodard ordered it, and the Chiefs
* I have written detailed nominations to the 'pro football' Hall
of Fame, supporting the induction of deserving but
overlooked American Football League stars.
* I created this website, and the American
Football League Hall of Fame.
* I had rings created by Herff Jones for
AFL Alumni and AFL Fans, and I wear mine proudly.
* I bugged the nfl, until without crediting anyone but
themselves, they put together a celebratory season in 2009 to honor the 50th
anniversary season of the AFL. That year, I appeared with AFL fan Dave Steidel on Showtime's television series
'Full Color Football: The History of the
American Football League'.
* I bugged the Bills management, who never responded to me, but
they eventually gave lip service to the 1964
and 1965 AFL Champion Bills, and they
finally added head coach Lou Saban to the Bills
Wall of Fame.