American Football Day
American Football League
26-year-old sports fan and son of an oil tycoon, Lamar Hunt, was just plain fed up! After repeated unsuccessful attempts to purchase a National Football League (NFL) franchise and bring professional football to the great state of Texas, Hunt decided to do something about it! On this day decades ago, Hunt launched a league of his own - theAmerican Football League (AFL). And soon after, on November 22, 1959, the first AFL draft occurred.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972, Hunt was also the co-founder of the Major League Soccer and World Championship Tennis. While American Football Day celebrates the founding of the AFL, Hunt’s entrepreneurial spirit and his love of sports made such an impact in the world of sports. Lamar Hunt died in 2006 at the age of 74.