When Wahoo Became a Jet

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I love old sports cartoons.  Willard Mullin, Bill Gallo, Murray Olderman…


Todd Tobias (783 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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3 Responses to When Wahoo Became a Jet

  1. redbug70 says:

    The first AFL season came when I was in third grade and the last when I was a senior in high school. I loved the league from the beginning and you can say I grew up with the league. My favorite AFL player was Lance Alworth out of my home state university (Arkansas). The sixties were great fun for a pro football fan. We could compare and discuss players and teams of the AFL and NFL. Then there was the merger and the AFL teams were absorbed by the NFL. The modern NFL is so corporate.

  2. afl says:

    Everything that I’ve heard/read about Edward ‘Wahoo’ McDaniel convinces me that vintage 1964 cartoon (picture above) neither diminished nor denigrated Choctaw-Chickasaw Native American McDaniel his own mind; McDaniel was also an pro wrestler appeared in feathered headdress, ‘entertainment’ the operative word – rather than resenting said he embraced / utilized it to his benefit, appears.

    Can imagine ‘Wahoo’ playing for the AFL’s Chiefs less sensitive days yore, the marketing possibilities. Heck, NFL teams didn’t even use names on the back of their jersey’s until aft the 1970 AFL/NFL merger. I’m a believer in order, but not to the extent were ‘Wahoo’ playing football today he’d not be allowed have his nickname/first name sewn on the back of his jersey as he did, 1960’s.

    The spirit innovation AFL compared N(o) F(un) L(eague) then/more so today, quite distinct. From days Jim Otto & Obert Logan wearing 00 and 0, to only certain numerals being allowed based player position, to a standard re: correct wearing uniform to use of names the back of jersey’s, to use of props (sharpies/other), NFL is correct in that if you give someone an inch they end up taking advantage beyond; doesn’t seem to be any middle ground today.

  3. Eddie Arminio says:

    Great statement redbug70, the modern NFL is so corporate.Your statements are right on.I myself loved the new league because they made a stand, did innovated things, WAHOO on jersey,two point conversions, passing attacks, mascots, colorful uniforms, and promoting to acquire a fan base.They were not about structure, I loved it.The Chiefs having a horse running down their sidelines after a score.The Chargers firing off a cannon after a score, with trumpets in background leading the cheer CHARGE. The little JETS fan driving that toy jet.Great cheerleaders, and their always seemed to a sponsors car on the sidelines.Great days.The NFL didn’t have fun,just old money people who threw nickels around like man hole covers.

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