NFL Will Salute AFL’s 50th Anniversary

Once bitter rivals, the NFL and AFL merged nearly four decades ago. This year, the NFL honors the upstart with special games–and game-worn jerseys that will make collectors salivate.

The 2009 NFL season marks the 50th anniversary for the eight teams that played in American Football League, and plans to celebrate that benchmark are underway.

The AFL, which merged with the NFL in 1970, played its first season in 1960 with eight teams.

The original franchises will be matched up in a series of head-to-head games during the NFL’s regular season. Throwback uniforms will be part of the matchups with the game-worn uniforms set to be sold.

The league also unveiled the 50th anniversary AFL logo and plans to market a line of retro-themed goodies.

Plans were announced at the league meetings in Dana Point, California on Tuesday with some of the uniforms and helmets on display.


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