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If You Can't Join 'Em, Beat 'Em : A Remembrance of the American Football League
     

If You Can't Join 'Em, Beat 'Em : A Remembrance of the American Football League

by Sal Maiorana
 

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Sportscaster Curt Gowdy once said that “the story of the AFL, how the league grew and became popular, is one of the best sports stories of all-time.” This is that story.

It was considered “a joke” by Chicago Bears’ patriarch George Halas, and other NFL luminaries predicted a rapid demise for the AFL. Instead, it gained a strong

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Sportscaster Curt Gowdy once said that “the story of the AFL, how the league grew and became popular, is one of the best sports stories of all-time.” This is that story.

It was considered “a joke” by Chicago Bears’ patriarch George Halas, and other NFL luminaries predicted a rapid demise for the AFL. Instead, it gained a strong foothold in the pro football marketplace with its entertaining style of play, and ultimately it forced the NFL - albeit grudgingly – to accept the AFL as its equal. The two leagues merged in time for the 1970 season, and it wasn’t long before this superpower entity created a seismic shift in this nation’s sporting passions as pro football surpassed Major League Baseball as our national pastime.

Hunt and his cronies were told they couldn’t join the NFL, so in the end, they simply beat them. In these pages you will re-live some of the greatest games in AFL history, and meet a wonderful cast of characters who shepherded the AFL from the humblest of beginnings to Super Bowl glory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781300477402
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
12/05/2012
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,239,313
File size:
452 KB

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