Originally Posted by Lucky
Al Davis was the driving force behind the AFL, whose merger with the NFL was the impetus for pro football overtaking baseball and becoming the nation's new pastime. What we watch on Sundays now is AFL football, which was Al Davis' vision. If there was a Mt Rushmore of pro football, Al Davis should be on it. But he had no business running the Raiders at the end. And everyone except Davis knew it.
I agree completely. MSR
The AFL was good for pro football. They pushed the envelop to make games exciting and challenged the old guard of the NFL to wake up. Today's NFL would not be what it is without the passing game, and the AFL's influence is a big part of that on-going trend.