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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
), 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 National Football League
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."
The 1965 boycott
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