The AFL All-Time Team Trophy

AFL All-Time Team AwardWhen the AFL and NFL finally merged after the 1969 season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame went about selecting AFL All-Time Team.  The announcement of awardees was made through the newspapers on January 14, 1970.  According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website, the ballotting was particularly close at defensive tackle and cornerback.  The selection of a head coach was also very close, with Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gillman and Hank Stram all in the running.  The AFL All-Time Team was officially presented at the last game in AFL history, the All-Star Game that was held in Houston on January 17, 1970.

The members of the AFL All-Time First Team are as follows:

Weeb Ewbank Head Coach
Joe Namath Quarterback
Paul Lowe Running Back
Clem Daniels Running Back
Lance Alworth Flanker
Don Maynard Wide Receiver
Fred Arbanas Tight End
Ron Mix Tackle
Jim Tyrer Tackle
Ed Budde Guard
Billy Shaw Guard
Jim Otto Center
George Blanda Kicker
Jerrell Wilson Punter
Jerry Mays Defensive End
Gerry Philbin Defensive End
Houston Antwine Defensive Tackle
Tom Sestak Defensive Tackle
George Webster Outside Linebacker
Bobby Bell Outside Linebacker
Nick Buoniconti Inside Linebacker
Willie Brown Cornerback
Dave Grayson Cornerback
Johnny Robinson Safety
George Saimes Safety


To commemorate the honor, players were given a plaque that measures 12″ by 10″, and lists the namesand positions of each team member, along with the 10-year version of the AFL shield.



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.

13 Responses to The AFL All-Time Team Trophy

  1. Stewart "Smokey" Stover says:

    What a honor to have played with and against these great athletes…….

  2. Howard says:

    While I agree with most of the selections, I have always believed that Len Dawson, not Joe Namath should have been the quarterback chosen. While Namath was instrumental in assuring the survival of the league, I thought Dawson was a much better quarterback. He had much better passer rating, TD to Int. ratio, and he was involved in far more key games during the AFL existence. And it is indeed sad that most of those players are not in the HOF. Surely a travesty.

  3. Scott Matteson says:

    Always enjoy reading about the best league ever, but I agree with Howard. Also, how does Weeb Ewbank rate over Hank Stram or Sid Gilman ? I imagine one could pick the list apart, but I think it’s a good representation of the talent the AFL had.

    Good point, Todd, on Gino…how is he left off ?

  4. Todd Tobias says:

    Thanks, Scott. That one has me scratching my head…

  5. Rick Lusso says:

    I note the awards were presented in early to mid-January 1970. I wonder when the votes were cast? I am guessing they were cast prior to Super Bowl IV, other wise, I believe Stram would have been the choice for coach and Dawson, possibly, the coach for QB (hard words for me, a diehard Raiders fan). In fact, if the Jets had lost Super III, I have no doubt that either Stram or Gilman would have been the coach and Dawson easily would have been the QB, with maybe a nod to Jack Kemp. Oh, and you’re right about Gino, but I guess they had to fit George Blanda in somewhere.

    • Todd Tobias says:

      Yes, I am thinking that the Jets got an awful lot of run out of the Super Bowl III victory. Most much-deserved, though some probably by beingcaught up in the moment.

      As for Gino… I agree that it is hard to leave George Blanda off the list. I thought Gino could have been added as the second team kicker, but that went to the Jets’ Jim Turner, who kicked for 9 of the Jets 16 points in Super Bowl III.

  6. Ewbank and Namath probably benefited from the aftermath of Super Bowl III.

    Also, Antwine and Sestak must have been something, to have kept Buck Buchannon off the list!

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