Football History

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AFL: - (2020 seasons)

Powerhouse competitor to the NFL, eventually merged as the AFC, resulting in formation of the Super Bowl.

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Arena: - (2020 seasons)

Indoor football played on a field 4x smaller than the NFL, with rules encouraging fast-paced offensive performance.

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CFL: - (2020 seasons)

Highest level of competition in Canadian football, culminating in the Grey Cup championship game in late November.

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UFL: - (2020 seasons)

Never had more than five teams and played its games in the fall season in non-NFL markets.

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XFL: - (2020 seasons)

Joint venture between the World Wrestling Federation and NBC. Conceived as having fewer rules and encouraging rougher play.

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WLAF: - (2020 seasons)

Backed by the NFL to serve as a type of spring league. Also known as the World League of American Football (WLAF).

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USFL: - (2020 seasons)

Attempted to move from a spring to a fall schedule to compete directly with the NFL, effectively ending the league's existence.

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WFL: - (2020 seasons)

Following an NFL players strike, the WFL was founded with the opportunity to provide players with better contracts.

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COFL: - (2020 seasons)

Primarily formed by minor-league teams. Lack of a television contract and poor attendance doomed the league.

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AAFC: - (2020 seasons)

Attracted many of the best players, introduced innovations to the game, and founded Browns/49ers franchises

William B. Cox, President of the 1940 American Football League III (AFL)
AFL3: - (2020 seasons)

Created when three new franchises joined with three other teams that were lured away from the APFL

James C. Hogan, founder of the American Professional Football League (APFL)
APFL: - (2020 seasons)

Began as minor-league Midwest Football League before changing aspirations to lure teams from the previously failed AFL.

Harry Addison March, founder of the 1936 American Football League II (AFL)
AFL2: - (2020 seasons)

In its brief history, the league made history by being the first league to introduce "major league" football to the West Coast.

Charles C.C. Pyle, sports agent for Red Grange, founded the 1926 American Football League (AFLG)
AFLG: - (2020 seasons)

Also known as the Grange League, founded by the sports agent who brought along his star player: future HOFer Red Grange.

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NFL: - (2020 seasons)

Founded in an auto showroom in Canton, Ohio, known as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) its first 2 seasons.

Leo Lyons, founder of the New York Pro Football League (NYPFL)
NYPFL: - (2020 seasons)

The league's best team, the Jeffersons, was instrumental in bringing the NYPFL and the Ohio League together to form the NFL.

Superstar Jim Thorpe and owner Ralph Hay, key figures in football's Ohio League
OL: - (2020 seasons)

Informal and loose association of teams that competed for the Ohio Independent Championship (OIC).

Dave Berry, helped found the original 1902 National Football League (NFL1)
NFL1: - (2020 seasons)

Founded by baseball owners in Philadelphia, the 3-team league was comprised of baseball and football stars of the day.

William Walter Pudge Heffelfinger was the first pro player in the Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit (WPPFC)

A loose association of American football amateur and pro clubs that operated until the arrival of the Ohio League and NYPFL.