Mavericks, Money, and Men

9781439913062: Hardback
Release Date: 25th May 2016

9781439913079: Paperback
Release Date: 25th May 2016

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 200

Series Sporting

Temple University Press

Mavericks, Money, and Men

The AFL, Black Players, and the Evolution of Modern Football

The American Football League, established in 1960, was innovative both in its commitment to finding talented, overlooked players—particularly those who played for historically black colleges and universities—and in the decision by team owners to share television revenues.  In Mavericks, Money and Men, football historian Charles Ross chronicles the AFL's key events,  including Buck Buchanan becoming the first overall draft pick in 1963, and the 1965 boycott led by black players who refused to play in the AFL-All Star game after experiencing blatant racism. He also recounts how the success of the AFL forced a merger with the NFL in 1969, which arguably facilitated the evolution of modern professional football. Ross shows how the league, originally created as a challenge to the dominance of the NFL, pressured for and ultimately accelerated the racial integration of pro football and also allowed the sport to adapt to how African Americans were themselves changing the game.
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The American Football League, established in 1960, was innovative both in its commitment to finding talented, overlooked players—particularly those who played for historically black colleges and universities—and in the decision by team owners to share television revenues.  In Mavericks, Money and Men, football historian Charles Ross chronicles the AFL's key events,  including Buck Buchanan becoming the first overall draft pick in 1963, and the 1965 boycott led by black players who refused to play in the AFL-All Star game after experiencing blatant racism. He also recounts how the success of the AFL forced a merger with the NFL in 1969, which arguably facilitated the evolution of modern professional football. Ross shows how the league, originally created as a challenge to the dominance of the NFL, pressured for and ultimately accelerated the racial integration of pro football and also allowed the sport to adapt to how African Americans were themselves changing the game.

Introduction

A New League with New Opportunities
“We Don't Tote No Coloreds”
“We Will Kick to the Clock”
Boycott in New Orleans
From Merger to Super Bowl
The New NFL
Marlin Briscoe and the Dawn of Black Quarterbacks
The Birth of Modern Pro Football

Epilogue: The State of the Game II

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Charles K. Ross is the Chair of the African American Studies Program and Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Outside the Lines: African Americans and the Integration of the National Football League and the editor of Race and Sport: The Struggle for Equality On and Off the Field.