American Football League history is rife with stories of racial conflict. Such was the case not only in the AFL, but in the country during the turbulent 1960s. Through it all, however, bonds often developed between teammates, black and white, that began to blur the lines of segregation, and in many cases, helped usher in changes in civil rights policy.
I found the following story about two Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs teammates, Chris Burford and Abner Haynes. It is a nice article, and wonderful to see that Burford and Haynes remain friends to this very day, more than 50 years after they first met.