>Let’s Open the Blog!

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Welcome to my new blog, Tales from the American Football League. I first became interested in the AFL in 1998, as a graduated student at the University of San Diego. While working as an intern in the archives of the San Diego Chargers, I chose to write about Sid Gillman for my masters thesis. Over the course of the next year, I learned all that I could about Sir Sidney by spending countless hours in several archives, watching any and all AFL and Chargers-related video, spending time with Gillman himself, and interviewing the Chargers of the 1960s. What developed was not only a great appreciation of Sid Gillman, but also a deep interest in the entire AFL. I became fascinated with the idea that a group of relatively young and inexperienced (though typically very wealthy) individuals could not only put together a professional league in a rather short period of time, but also that this league could challenge and eventually gain parity with the well-entrenched National Football League.

There are countless interesting stories that developed out of the AFL over the years, and it is my goal to pass these tales onto the readers of this blog. We will explore the people, places and events that gave the AFL it’s flavor, and hopefully inspire an appreciation for this grand bit of history in the process.  So stop by often, and join me in celebrating the Tales From the American Football League!

Todd Tobias (788 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 >Let’s Open the Blog!

  1. Niko says:

    >Way to go, Todd! I'm looking forward to the great blog that this will become with all of the fantastic content that you have to share.

  2. sg9765 says:

    >Todd, I am going to go out on a limb and tell you what I remember most. At the time it id not register because I was just a kid. But the advances racially, were really apparent and acelerated by the AFL. Besides two starting African American QB's Marlin Briscoe and James Harris, the protest of the all-star game. It goes on and on. Here is the link and Ron is Jewish, the consideration between the players was a great example to me and the sports world. http://www.profootballhof.com/story/2010/2/18/players-boycott-afl-all-star-game/

  3. Remember the AFL says:

    Great idea, I wish I had the cyber-smarts to do it myself. You're opening a great opportunity for American Football League fans to speak their mind about the league that forever changed Professional Football.
    If they haven't already seen your great book 'Charging Through the AFL' they can read about it here: http://www.remembertheafl.com/AFLBooks.htm#ChargingThroughTheAFL

  4. Howard says:

    >I love Angelo's site. I am an older NFL fan, so, I enjoy a good argument. I will state that there was not a big difference in style of play between the leagues in spite of AFL assertions. In fact if you look at the first 4 Super Bowls, you can make a strong case that is was the old fashioned NFL that played a more explosive game.

  5. Elijah Wilson says:

    I have to say, I love this blog, and I was wondering if maybe I could read your masters thesis sometime. I’d be very interested to know how you approached the subject.

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