Another Reason why the AFL was so Cool!

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If you haven’t figured it out already, I really like the old AFL.  The way the original eight owners challenged the NFL, and fought for legitimacy is inspirational.  I find the individual teams’ rags-to-riches stories particularly interesting, and the many of the players have absolutely fascinating tales of their own.

If I happened to need just one more reason to like the AFL, I could find it in the Charger Horse mascot.  I can only imagine how cool it must have been to see a knight in armor, hoisting a jousting sword, and sprinting down up and down the sidelines of Balboa Stadium on a white horse.  It must have been a sight to behold.  Combined with the beautiful Chargers jerseys, the green grass of the field and the old architecture of the stadium, a San Diego home game must have been a real event.

Something like this would never happen in today’s NFL.  I am sure the insurance companies would frown upon it, and rightfully so, as someone would undoubtedly get trampled under hoof, or gouged by a lance.  But the AFL pulled it off.  Too cool!

Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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5 Responses to Another Reason why the AFL was so Cool!

  1. paul seaton says:

    I remember “War Paint” in Kansas City

  2. TK says:

    The miniature Jet mobile at Shea was a big atttraction to young fans…..

  3. TK says:

    Flipper in the old Orange Bowl – added entertainment with the expansion Dolphins !….

  4. Dave Steidel says:

    The knight was great – but War Paint in KC with the Indian riding bare back and no hands – now that was a classic!!

  5. CT2SD says:

    Any idea what the name of the horse was?

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