The American Football League (AFL) appealed to fans by offering a flashier style of play, compared to the more conservative game of the National Football League (NFL). Long passes (“bombs”) were commonplace in AFL offenses, led by such talented quarterbacks as John Hadl, Daryle Lamonica, Joe Namath, and Len Dawson. Well, I just rolled a “vintage” AFL shootout where there was 1134 total net yards of offense and 84 combined points.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that John Hadl was one of the participates who completed 20 of 33 passes for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns in my latest 1967 replay game. However, it might come as a surprise who the opposing quarterback was that just completed 20 of 34 pass attempts for 513 yards with 4 touchdowns and only 1 interception and still lost the game. Was it the “Mad Bomber” or “Broadway Joe Willie Namath”? No, it was Steve “Stretch” Tensi of the Denver Broncos. This is what can happen when “scorching” hot dice meet the “Yards per Catch” innovation – MAGIC. If I wasn’t already addicted to the great game of APBA Football this would have done it!!
Below you can review the boxscore and see the two quarterbacks who put on an aerial display at Bears Stadium.