The American Football League All-Star game was the annual game which featured each year's best performers in the American Football League (AFL). The game was first played in 1961 and the final AFL All-Star game occurred in 1969, prior to the league's merger with the National Football League (NFL).
The Sporting News published American Football League All-League Teams for 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 game after 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 Bills played all-stars from the other teams.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL include AFL All-Star Games in their statistics for the Pro Bowl. After the AFL–NFL merger of 1970, the name of the NFL's all-star game was changed to the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl . Buffalo Bills rookie running back O.J. Simpson carried the ball on the last play in AFL history in the Houston Astrodome at the 1969 All-Star Game on January 18, 1970.
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 Orleans hotels and businesses, black and white players alike lobbied for a boycott. The black players all left days before the game, saying that it was clear they were not wanted.Under the leadership of Buffalo Bills players including Cookie Gilchrist, the players put up a unified front, and the game was successfully moved to Houston's Jeppesen Stadium.
|Season||Date||Score||Series||Most Valuable Player(s)||Venue||Attendance||Head Coaches||Television|
|1961||January 7, 1962||West 1–0||Cotton Davidson, QB, Texans||Balboa Stadium, San Diego||20,973||E:Wally Lemm (Houston)|
W:Sid Gillman (San Diego)
|1962||January 13, 1963||West 2–0||Offense: Curtis McClinton, RB, Dallas Texans |
Defense: Earl Faison, DE, Chargers
|Balboa Stadium, San Diego||27,641||E:Frank Ivy (Houston)|
W:Hank Stram (Dallas)
|1963||January 19, 1964||West 3–0||Offense: Keith Lincoln, RB, Chargers |
Defense: Archie Matsos, LB, Raiders
|Balboa Stadium, San Diego||20,016||E:Mike Holovak (Boston)|
W:Sid Gillman (San Diego)
|1964||January 16, 1965||West 4–0||Offense: Keith Lincoln, RB, Chargers |
Defense: Willie Brown, DB, Broncos
|Jeppesen Stadium, Houston, Texas||15,446||E:Lou Saban (Buffalo)|
W:Sid Gillman (San Diego)
|1965||January 15, 1966|
Buffalo Bills 19
|-||Offense: Joe Namath, QB, Jets |
Defense: Frank Buncom, LB, Chargers
|Rice Stadium, Houston||35,572||Buffalo:Lou Saban|
AS:Sid Gillman (San Diego)
|1966||January 21, 1967||West 4–1||Offense: Babe Parilli, QB, Boston Patriots |
Defense: Verlon Biggs, DE, Jets
|Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California||18,876||E:Mike Holovak (Boston)|
W:John Rauch (Oakland)
|1967||January 21, 1968||West 4–2||Offense: Joe Namath, QB, Jets; and Don Maynard, F, Jets |
Defense: Speedy Duncan, DB/KR, Chargers
|Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Florida||40,103||E: Joe Collier (Buffalo)|
W:Lou Saban (Denver)
|1968||January 19, 1969||West 5–2||Offense: Len Dawson, QB, Chiefs |
Defense: George Webster, LB, Houston Oilers
|Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Florida||41,058||E:George Wilson (Miami)|
W:Lou Saban (Denver)
|1969||January 17, 1970||West 6–2||John Hadl, QB, Chargers||Astrodome, Houston||30,170||E:George Wilson (Miami)|
W:Lou Saban (Denver)
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that broadcast the American Football League All-Star game during its existence.
|Season||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentator(s)||Sideline reporter(s)|
|1961||ABC||Jack Buck||Jim McKay||George Ratterman|
|1962||ABC||Curt Gowdy||Paul Christman and George Ratterman|
|1963||ABC||Curt Gowdy||Paul Christman|
|1964||ABC||Curt Gowdy||Paul Christman and George Ratterman|
|1965||NBC||Curt Gowdy||Paul Christman||Charlie Jones|
|1966||NBC||Curt Gowdy||Paul Christman||Charlie Jones|
|1967||NBC||Curt Gowdy||Paul Christman|
|1968||NBC||Curt Gowdy||Kyle Rote||Charlie Jones|
|1969||NBC||Charlie Jones||Al DeRogatis|
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