The All-America Football Conference

Players, Coaches, Records, Games and Awards, 1946–1949


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About the Book

The All-America Football Conference and the National Football League battled for supremacy from 1946 through 1949. In the end, the players from the AAFC, as well as three teams, were brought into the NFL, including many future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Through extensive research, the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) has corrected the statistics and coaching records, selected All-Pro Teams for all four seasons and an All-Conference team, and provided brief biographies and scouting reports for the members of the All-Conference Team. Unlike All-Pro teams selected at the time, in which offense and defense were merged into a single position, the PFRA has selected individual offensive and defensive All-Pro teams.

About the Author(s)

Kenneth R. Crippen is the president and former executive director of the Professional Football Researchers Association. He has researched and written about professional football history for over 25 years, and has won several awards for his work, and has been featured on National Football Post, Cold Hard Football Facts, The Packer Report, Coffin Corner, Fox Sports Radio, ESPN Radio and WGR (Buffalo). He lives in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

Matt Reaser has researched and written about high school football, college football and professional football for over the past ten years. He has contributed to magazines and websites such as The Coffin Corner and National Football Post. He lives in Buckley, Washington.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Kenneth R. Crippen and Matt Reaser

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 368
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7095-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3107-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  iv
Preface (by Kenneth R. Crippen)  1
Part 1: A Brief History of the AAFC (by Kenneth R. Crippen)  3
Part 2: PFRA ­All-Pro Selections (by Kenneth R. Crippen, Matt Reaser and Andy Piascik)  10
PFRA’s AAFC ­All-Pro Teams  10
PFRA’s ­All-Time Team  13
PFRA’s AAFC ­All-Time Team Biographies  14
PFRA’s AAFC Notables  21
Part 3: Individual Statistics  25
1946  25
1947  33
1948  40
1949  47
Lifetime Leaders  53
Part 4: Awards and Statistical Records  55
All-Conference Teams (by Andy Piascik)  55
Statistical Records  59
Statistical Champions by Season  68
Part 5: Conference Statistics  70
Conference Standings  70
Club versus Club Records  71
Conference Statistics by Season  77
Attendance (by Andy Piascik)  78
Part 6: Linescores  83
Exhibition Games  83
Regular and ­Post-Season Games  84
Part 7: The Draft  147
History of the AAFC Draft (by Kenneth R. Crippen)  147
1947  148
1948  153
1949  158
Allocation Draft  163
Part 8: Player Register  168
Part 9: Coach Register (by John Maxymuk)  342
Sources  353
Index  355

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “They have set the record straight about the incredible success of the AAFC in a newly released and meticulously researched reference work…contains every imaginable statistic… Many football historians would contend that the AAFC, in its four-year existence, far surpassed the AFL in the quality of talent on the field and attendance in the stands during their comparable formative years. …a must for the bookshelf of sports historians and researchers, lovers of vintage pro football, and those interested in defunct American sports leagues and their impact on sports economics. It recovers lots of ground!”—Richard A. Macales, Sport in American History
  • “Painstakingly researched…This book would give anyone interested in researching the AAFC a strong foundation. Recommended”—ARBA
  • “As a one-stop resource for all things AAFC, this book does a nice job of providing most researchers the information they will need in a single easy, readable, resource. Highly recommended”—Mind’s Eye Press