Pro Football in the 1960s

The NFL, the AFL and the Sport’s Coming of Age

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About the Book

The 1960s were a tumultuous period in U.S. history and the sporting world was not immune. As war in Southeast Asia, civil unrest at home and political assassinations rocked the nation, professional football struggled to attract fans. While some players fought for civil rights and others fought overseas, the ideological divides behind the protests and riots in the streets spilled into the locker-rooms, and athletes increasingly brought their political beliefs into the sports world.
When the President Kennedy’s death was announced Friday, November 22, 1963, teams needed to know if Sunday’s games would be played. Some had already boarded flights or were preparing to do so. College games were canceled or postponed. One professional league followed suit, but the NFL played on in most empty stadiums and without television coverage. This book describes how a decade of social upheaval affected life on the gridiron.

About the Author(s)

Patrick Gallivan is a longtime member of the Pro Football Researchers Association and has written numerous articles for their publication The Coffin Corner. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

Patrick Gallivan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7831-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4040-2
Imprint: McFarland