Who was the best player produced by the All-America Football Conference?


Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham scrambles upfield during Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles, Dec. 26, 1955. Browns won, 38-14. (AP Photo/NFL Photos/Vic Stein)

 (Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Browns)

Talk of Fame Network

The Talk of Fame Network begins a six-part “Out of This League” series this week examining the other football leagues. This week it’s the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) from the 1940’s.

In coming weeks we’ll examine the Canadian Football League (CFL), the American Football League (AFL), the World Football League (WFL), the United States Football League (USFL) and the World League of American Football (WLAF).

In conjunction with those shows, we’re polling our listeners and readers about the best player in each of those leagues. The AAFC began in 1946 and ran through 1949 before the NFL absorbed three of its best teams: the Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. The Browns won all four of the league championships — then went to six consecutive NFL title games in its first six seasons in that league NFL.

The Talk of Fame Network conducted a poll last fall asking which franchise had the best dynasty in football history and the Browns ran away with it, outpolling the Lombardi Packers and Noll Steelers. Otto Graham, Marion Motley, Dante Lavelli and Lou “The Toe” Groza were among the AAFC Browns who wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with their coach, Paul Brown.

So there’s plenty of quality to choose from in this week poll of the AAFC. Thirteen players from that league are enshrined in Canton and we’re going to give you five Hall of Famers to choose from: Graham, Motley, Willis, fullback Joe “The Jet” Perry of the 49ers and quarterback Y.A. Tittle of the Colts.

Which player do you like best? Vote now:

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