Pat L, Reviewer
Being a fan of football and also the history of the game. This book was perfect for me. Mr. Ross takes you back in time to the formation of the American Football Conference. When Lamar Hunt, Ralph Wilson, and Hilton started putting together the league. Games and cities were decided and players were chosen. First most players were ones that were cut from the N.F.L. or were not going to have any shot at starting. Lenny Dawson for example played for Paul Brown but Brown thought he was at best a backup. Later Dawson would lead the Chiefs to two Super Bowls winning one. Mr. Ross also goes through how the teams came up with their draft process and how most teams of the A.F.L. Started drafting players from Historically Black Colleges that were not done in the N.F.L. You also see that Buck Buchanan in 1963 would be the first African American player drafted number one by the Kansas City Chiefs. Think of it the N.F.L. had to force the Washington Redskins to integrate in 1962. The American football League also set up the revenue sharing between their teams. A lot of what goes on in the N.F.L. today was the fore thought of the American Football League. It also helped that they got a T.V. contract with N.B.C. so now their games would be shown usually after the N.F.L. games. This was also big because the difference between the two leagues began to show, with the N.F.L. still doing a lot of running the ball and the A.F.L. having a more open passing game. Nothing like today’s game but for the sixties the A.F.L. was a much more exciting game to watch. It would get more exciting when a player by the name of Joe Namath got drafted by the Jets who had changed their name form the Titans. He would be just one of many who would change the game. I remember a many a Sunday afternoons watching with my father those heated battles between the Raiders and Chiefs, or either one of those against the Jets. They were some of the hardest fought games to the end. There was no penalties for roughing the quarterback, or late hits out of bounds. In one game the Raiders I think we’re really trying to kill Namath but I got up every time. I still remember reading his quote in our small town paper of that the Jets are going to beat the Colts he guarantee’s. Then Super Bowl III happens and they win. Football has not been the same. The next year the Chiefs win and you have two of the original A.FL. Teams winning and helping create what we have today. He also takes you through the back meetings with the agreement and how everything got worked out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and brought back some good memories of Sunday afternoons with my father watching good football. I hope people will take the time to read this book.