TSF Friday Fire: Should AFL-NFL Championships Carry The Same Weight As Super Bowl Victories?


Should AFL and NFL Championships prior to 1967 (Super Bowl I – the game was still considered the AFL – NFL World Championship Game until after the 1970 merger) carry the same weight as a Super Bowl victory in today’s NFL.

And this isn’t a ploy to  to enter my Philadelphia Eagles into a valid championship discussion, since they last won a world championship in 50 years. 

From a fan standpoint I believe that these championships have their own place  in the hearts of fans in places like Cleveland…and Philadelphia. Particularly the older fans who had the privilege to of having many of their heroes live amongst them – sharing an intimacy that today’s fan can only dream about.

Your thoughts?

5 Responses to “TSF Friday Fire: Should AFL-NFL Championships Carry The Same Weight As Super Bowl Victories?”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Among folks in an older generation and among sports historians, these games do carry a great deal of weight. The young AFL, of course, would carry less weight given their short tenure leading up to the merger.

    There simply aren’t too many people around who remember those days — and if they do, they remember the Cleveland Browns kicking the dog shit out of the Eagles in 1950 (in Philadelphia) and then winning more consecutive championships than any other franchise in professional football history.

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  3. Miranda says:

    I listened to a caller on a sports show yesterday that recalled going to a Bears-Packers game in the 60s. He was pretty emotional – had me near tears as he recalled the memory of his father, grandfather and uncle on that trip.

  4. Temple3 says:


    I can imagine. Aside from a generational divide, I’m not sure of anyone who devalues those games. The NFL, of course, practiced an extreme form of racial exclusion from 1933 to 1946, and maintained strict quotas for years thereafter. That practice has nearly faded…only the QB, center, punter and kicker positions are largely “white” reserves in this majority-Black league.

    Too bad Daunte Culpepper and Aaron Brooks aren’t around for this run. They could be legendary!

  5. MODI says:

    Oh where have you gone Reggie Roby?