The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American football in the United States. This conference and its counterpart, the National Football Conference (NFC), currently contain 16 teams each, making up the 32 teams of the NFL. Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC, and the remaining thirteen NFL clubs forming the NFC. A series of league expansions and division realignments have occurred since the merger, thus making the current total 16 clubs per each conference....LESS
Through the Minds, hearts, and voices of some of the best-loved Browns, Alan Natali follows his bestselling Woody's Boys with a sprawling testament to the man, team, and era that made pro football into America's sport. In his second "voice biography" of iconic American coaches, Natali gives us a portrait of one of the most complex and significant figures in the history of American sport. But Brown's Town is much more than that. Through his own eloquent prose and the detailed voices of nearly two dozen players including Lou Groza, Otto Graham, Dante Lavelli, Gary Collins, Walt Michaels, Dick Schafrath, Milt Plum, Ken Konz, Jim Houston, Jim Ray Smith, Vince Costello, Galen Fiss, John Wooten, Dub Jones, Ross Fichtner, and Paul Wiggin, Natali has also given us a fascinating mosaic of team personalities, the saga of the Cleveland Browns, the evolution of professional football and America at mid-century. His original Browns in the All-American Conference are considered the greatest talent roundup in the history of pro sports. In 1950, in his first NFL game -- when the Browns crushed the defending champions, Philadelphia -- his offense proved itself to be the prototype of the modern pro offense. He was feared, hated and almost universally respected. "The divine-right monarch, " said defensive end Paul Wiggin, who also said, "I think I would have killed for him."